The Sixteen Satires Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. On which of the following did the father in Satire XIV spend all of his money?

2. Juvenal opined that just as adults cleaned their homes, they should also clean which of the following?

3. In which building did Juvenal suggest that Calvinus spend a few days in order to get some perspective on his life?

4. From whom did Juvenal believe children learn bad morals?

5. According to Juvenal, how did the gods react when men cried out for money?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Juvenal, why was the prayer for long life a foolish one?

2. What was Juvenal's response to Calvinus' financial plight?

3. Why did Juvenal think that it was impossible for rich men to keep secrets?

4. How did Juvenal feel about Rome's infatuation with pedigree?

5. According to Juvenal, what changed about humanity in the Ninth Age of Manhood?

6. What type of dinner party did Juvenal host when his friend Persicus went to visit him?

7. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

8. Why was Juvenal's celebration called into question by the legacy hunters?

9. Which common behavior did Juvenal claim to be a degradation to pedigree?

10. How did Juvenal determine which men were good rulers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Satire I, Juvenal begins his speech with a disclaimer about the people whom he will and will not protect in his arguments. First, explain why you think that Juvenal felt the need to place that disclaimer at the beginning of the book. Then, explain whether Juvenal adhered to his word. Did he attack anyone personally? If so, whom? If not, do you think that his satires were as effective as they could have been, had he been a more attacking type of speaker?

Essay Topic 2

Juvenal's friend, Umbricius, is determined to not move away from Rome. Why does Umbricius feel that he must leave Rome? How does Juvenal react to Umbricius' move? Given the political state of Rome, which man's argument merits more of your empathy? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire V, Juvenal describes the events of a typical dinner party at Virro's home. How does Virro's treatment of important guests and less important guests differ at his fancy dinner party? How does Virro's dinner party exemplify the complex relationship between clients and patrons in Rome?

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