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 adjectives did Juvenal use to describe men who spent their lives in squalor only to die millionaires?

2. Which of the following facts did Juvenal NOT brag about over his dinner with Persicus?

3. Schoolboys in Juvenal's village prayed for the eloquence of which of the following?

4. What type of plates did soldiers eat off of at Juvenal's dinner party?

5. Why did Virro want Naevolus killed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What type of relationship did Naevolus have with Virro?

4. In what ways did the goddess Fortune come into play in Catullus' story?

5. What example did the father who built buildings in Satire XIV set for his son?

6. How did Catullus survive a sinking ship?

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

8. Who were Demosthenes and Circero?

9. Why were gourmands regularly mocked?

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

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 2

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 3

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?

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