Quizzes: De Bello Gallico
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Gaius Julius Caesar
 

At various intervals throughout the term, you will be assigned a take-home quiz that must be completed by the specified date.

     Each quiz will ask you to review portions of Caesar's De Bello Gallico and to locate certain grammatical and syntactic constructions (e.g. purpose clauses, result clauses, gerundives, and so on).  Once you have located a construction, you should do the following:

  • Type out as much of the sentence as you need in order to prove your point.  Although in each quiz you will focus on a subordinate clause, as a general rule you should include some of the main clause for context.  This will require some careful reading on your part. 
  • Include book/chapter/line references.
  • Type your translation of the sentence, which should be as accurate as possible.
  • Identify and discuss the essentials of the construction with reference to the patterns we have observed in class.  Also be sure to relate the subordinate clause back to the main clause.

EXAMPLE   (Assume the quiz calls for an indirect command / jussive noun clause):

civitati persuasit ut de finibus suis cum omnibus copiis exirent (DBG 1.2.4-5)

He persuaded the citizenry to depart from their borders with all troops.

Discussion.   The verb that issues the command is persuasit, which is followed by the command itself, exirent, and introduced by the subordinating conjunction ut.  The subordinate clause ut...exirent is effectively the direct object of the verb persuasit.  It is what Orgetorix persuaded his fellow citizens to do.

    As you can see, your success on the quiz depends on many things:  your ability to analyze the Latin, to discuss it cogently, and to offer a correct translation.   While the style of your discussion might differ from the one above, you should nevertheless strive for clarity at all times.
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