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. Which of the following prayers did Juvenal consider to be pointless?

2. Why did Virro want Naevolus killed?

3. Which of the following men did Juvenal compare to Nero?

4. Which of the following aspects of Juvenal's life did Persicus investigate?

5. Which herb did Juvenal advise Naevolus to chew as an aphrodisiac?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of relationship did Fuscinus' son have with his wife?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happened to Calvinus' fortune, and what was his reaction?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Satire IV, Crispinus is a very important individual. First, describe Crispinus' character and the sins that he is accused of committing. What type of relationship does Juvenal have with Crispinus, and how does that relationship change throughout Satire IV? Finally, explain which vice seems to be the driving force behind the sins of Crispinus. How does he balance that vice with his personal life?

Essay Topic 2

Juvenal has very strong opinions about Roman teachers, their pupils, and the pupils' parents. First, describe the role that teachers play in Roman society. Then, compare/contrast the way that teachers are treated by their students with the way that they are treated by their students' parents. What is Juvenal's reaction to the treatment that teachers in Rome receive? Do you agree with his position? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

As the Satires begin, Juvenal immediately begins to lambaste anyone who attempts to write poetry, even though he considers himself a poet. How does Juvenal feel that the public handles poetry? In his opinion, is poetry worth writing? Why or why not? Finally, explain what Juvenal's argument tells the reader about his personality.

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