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. To which goddess did women pray in the hope of giving birth to attractive children?

2. What was the name of the father of Alexander the Great?

3. Which of the following elements earned praise for thoroughbreds?

4. What did Juvenal claim to be the only fear that Roman men had?

5. What did Juvenal claim to be the single force that ruled mankind?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What comparison did Juvenal make of the morality of his day to the morality of ancient days?

3. What happened to the majority of the wealth that was in Rome during Nero's reign?

4. According to Juvenal, why was it a bad idea for parents to pray for attractive children?

5. What bad behavior did daughters learn specifically from their mothers?

6. What typically happened to the men who were brave enough to borrow money from Rome?

7. What event changed the way that Virro treated Naevolous, generating a change in his appearance?

8. Why was Juvenal so proud of Catullus' actions?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Satire XI, Juvenal hosts a dinner party for friends. First, describe the type of food and drink that Juvenal serves at his party. How does that serving compare/contrast to the meal served at Virro's dinner party in Satire V? What did Juvenal hope to accomplish by hosting that party? Do you think that he was successful? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout his writings, Juvenal voices his opinions about wealth and evil. First, compare/contrast the different ways that both rich and poor can be corrupted by wealth. What is the same about the two types of corruption? What is different? Upon comparing/contrasting the corruption of those two classes, cite which group seems more likely to be corrupted? Are you able to detect the reflection of your position in the text?

Essay Topic 3

Juvenal devotes Satire II to discussing the behavior of Roman men. First, list the behaviors that Juvenal labels as immoral in Satire II. Then, describe which of those behaviors Juvenal finds to be most bothersome and explain why. Finally, explain how Domitian acts as a prime example of Juvenal's argument about immorality.

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