Guide to Women in Athens and Rome Exam

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The Ultimate Exam guide to the Women Exam
Before You Start
Make sure that you have the right question sheet ­ UNIT 1D ­ Women in Athens and Rome
When you choose which question to answer in section A ­ do so on the basis of the 20 mark question
you have a chance to gain more points there!
Overview of the Exam
Section A has two extended sets of Questions ­ You choose one and answer all of that set.
You should spend up to 50 mins on this section and no longer.
Section B has two large questions ­ You choose one and answer it.
You should spend no less than 40 mins on this section.
Exam Questions and Outlines
Section A
1. You will start with short answer questions up to the value of 5 marks ­ they will either be
single questions or 2/3 mark questions.
Spend 3 minutes on these questions.
2. You will then get a 10 mark question ­ It may ask you to decide `how far an individual
achieved something', or `what techniques are used to achieve a particular effect'
In both cases You need to try to argue both sides of the question ( like on the Iliad paper) and
clearly comment upon the author's motives and how this may make it difficult to find out all
of the truth about women.
Spend 10 to 15 minutes on this question.
3. Next you will get a 20 mark question ­
It could be about:
How important a factor was ­ like legitimacy, marriage or having an heir.
How far a particular writer tries to show women in a certain light ­ like Livy and his `model
Roman women' or Xenophon and `Ischomachus perfect wife'.
Again , this is an opportunity for you to argue both sides of the question and clearly comment
upon the author's motives and how this may make it difficult to find out all of the truth about
Spend 20 to 30 minutes max on this question AND NO LONGER!
Section B
There will be two essay questions ­ pick one and spend 40 mins on it.
These could ask you to argue:

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How far women were able to have freedom/ do certain activities / have responsibility.
How far a writer is trying to achieve or portray certain things in his writing.
How far two writers are the same or different.
There has been one nasty question that has asked students to compare Greek and Roman
writers. It should not have happened in January but be prepared in case it happens again.
Remember to:
Use the points listed in the question to help you.…read more

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Clodia's obsession with young flesh as
damning as Appius etc.
To what extent is Valerius. attitude towards women different from that of the previous
speaker, Cato? Give the reasons for your views.
Answers may include discussion of a range (but not necessarily all) of e.g.
Cato's and Valerius. views on women.s behaviour when the repeal of the Oppian Law was being discusse
Cato outraged by women.…read more

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Horatius who defended
bridge singlehanded [1] and Mucius Scaevola who attempted to kill Etruscan king [1] and after
failing placed right hand in fire [1] praised Cloelia for subsequently picking boys for release [1]
because boys at risk of greatest harm from enemy [1] her actions resulted in peace [1] and
commemorated by (equestrian) statue [1] in prominent position (at top of Via Sacra) [1] perhaps
particular praise in describing her courage as new in a woman [1] though this
remark patronising [1] and points…read more

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From the letters you have read, how far do you think Pliny could be described as .soft.
(line 3) and .frightened. (line 4) when his wife Calpurnia was ill? Explain your
E.g. sent Calpurnia to Campania to recover from ill health [1] wrote letter that
showed concern about her health [1] and about her resistance to temptations of region [1]
but did not accompany her because of professional duties [1] though in one letter
complained about them [1] in another letter says trying friends.…read more

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Senecio) [1] determination / ingenuity / initiative [1] because took into exile books
which had caused exile [1] etc.
How important was the festival of the Thesmophoria both to wives and to Athens as a whole?
Explain your answer.
E.g.…read more

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Athenian customs by instigating affair at funeral [1] etc.
To what extent did Lucretia also deserve praise for "modesty, propriety, chastity, obedience,
woolworking, industry, and loyalty" (lines 12)? Explain your answer.
E.g. .…read more

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Roman men to
support their ambitions for the future glory of Rome etc.
To what extent does parody of Euripides' plays contribute to the comedy of
Mnesilochus' rescue both in Women at the Thesmophoria?
Judgements may be supported by discussion of a range (but not necessarily all) of e.g.…read more

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