About the Exam
Exam Day 2017
The exam is 3 hours long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response.
Section I: Multiple Choice | ~50 Questions | 1 hour | 50% of final Exam Score
- Syllabus Reading: Vergil and Caesar — approximately 20 questions
- Sight Reading: Poetry and Prose — approximately 30 questions
The multiple choice section tests your understanding of the poetry and prose readings covered in the course, as well as your ability to read at sight. Questions also require you to relate the Latin texts to Roman historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
Section II: Free-response | 5 Questions | 2 hours (includes a 15-minute reading period) | 50% of final Exam Score
The free-response section contains three types of questions:
- Translation: Vergil (1 passage) and Caesar (1 passage)
- Analytical essay: 1 essay question analyzing the linguistic and literary features of Latin texts through a comparative analysis
- Short answer: Vergil (5 to 7 questions) and Caesar (5 to 7 questions)