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 did the captain of the sinking ship trust for safety?

2. What type of material did men in Rome use to construct their tables before the city grew rich from war?

3. Which of the following words did Juvenal use to describe the negative effect that inheritances had on an individual?

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

5. What bad habit did Juvenal claim that daughters specifically learned from their mothers?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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. Who was Rebellius Blandus, and why did Juvenal think that he was such a dishonorable man?

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

7. Who was Rutilus, and what bad habit was he teaching his son?

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

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

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

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

When Juvenal is discussing women with Postumus, he uses many famous women from the pages of history as examples to support his arguments, specifically Medea, Clytemnestra, Procne, Eriphyle, and Danaids. Choose two of those women, and compare/contrast their relationships with men. What point is Juvenal trying to make by using each of those women as examples in his arguments? How does the behavior of those women compare/contrast with the behavior of the women whom Juvenal sees in his society today?

Essay Topic 3

In Satire XIII, Juvenal argues about heritage versus nobility, using Rebellius Blandus as his main example. Why was Rebellius Blandus an important example in Juvenal's argument about nobility? How does Rebellius Blandus tie into Juvenal's overarching theme of horse racing in this Satire?

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