test outlines, syllabi, etc.


The various documents linked on this page are for beginning study purposes only and are not to be considered definitive or comprehensive sources.  For a complete list of sources, see here.

NOTA BENE: 
The majority of the links below lead to a doc stored on google drive. An earlier glitch in the permissions for these documents has been fixed; you should not be required to sign in to google in order to access these documents.  If, however, you are still unable to access any documents, please email ealewis07@gmail.com for assistance.


MPAQ

The Mottoes, Phrases, Abbreviations, & Quotations Contest will consist of:
  • 20 questions on Latin Mottoes.  50% or more will come from this list
  • 15  questions on Latin Abbreviations.
  • 20 questions on Latin Quotations.  These questions may ask you to identify the source (author and/or work) of the quotation.  Most quotations will come from works of major Roman authors including (but not limited to): Plautus, Terence, Cato the Elder, Catullus, Publilius Syrus, Cicero, Caesar, Horace, Vergil, Ovid, Livy, Seneca the Younger, Martial, Juvenal, and Jerome. 

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For the next four tests:
Elementary:        Levels MS 1/2, MS 1, MS 1 advanced, & HS 1
Intermediate:     Level 2
Advanced           Levels 3, 4, & 5+ 
 * Click here for a table summarizing levels of competition

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VOCABULARY

All levels of this contest may contain questions on any of the following information:
  • basic definitions (Latin-English & English-Latin)
  • synonyms & antonyms of Latin words
  • dictionary information (principal parts, gender, etc.) for nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
Elementary  
Intermediate
Advanced
*   this is a list initially created for use by NJCL Certamen; please contact Mr. Tom Reed with any questions about how it was compiled
** the words in large type form the NJCL Core Intermediate Vocabulary list currently used by NJCL Certamen
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DERIVATIVES

All levels of this contest may contain questions on any of the following information:
  • Latin root words
  • definitions of Latin root words
  • definitions of English words derived from Latin 
  • synonyms & antonyms of English words derived from Latin
Elementary
Intermediate
Advanced

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GRAMMAR

Elementary
Intermediate
Advanced
  • at least 75% of all vocabulary appearing on this test will be found in The Vocabulary of High School Latin Vocabulary not found in this reference may come from the works of any Latin author writing from 272 BC to 525 AD.   Particular attention and study should be devoted to words of special interest (heterogeneous nouns, tantum pluralia, etc.) found in any of the official sources for this contest (e.g., Allen & Greenough). 
  • A highly recommended, comprehensive, yet accessible reference for advanced grammar topics is Andrew Keller & Stephanie Russell's Learn to Read Latin (google books preview)
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READING COMPREHENSION

All levels of this contest will assess, in English, students' understanding of the content, and to a lesser extent the grammar, of Latin passages.
  • each test may contain anywhere from 35 - 50 questions
Elementary
  • vocabulary appearing on this test: 
    • 1. will come from theBasic Latin Vocabulary list; 
    • 2. will be glossed; or 
    • 3. will be able to be inferred based on context.
  • terminology and grammar topics not appearing on the Grammar Syllabus will be glossed unless the context otherwise elucidates them  
Intermediate
  • vocabulary appearing on this test: 
    • 1. will come from the Core Novice Vocab list; 
    • 2. will be glossed; or 
    • 3. will be able to be inferred based on context.
  • terminology and grammar topics not appearing on the Grammar Syllabus will be glossed unless the context otherwise elucidates them 
Advanced 
  • students on the Advanced level may take one or both of two separate tests:  
    • Prose
    • Poetry 
  • at least 75% of all vocabulary appearing on this test will be found in The Vocabulary of High School Latin 
    • Some vocabulary may be glossed.
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MYTHOLOGY

Important People, Places, & Things in Mythology*   <--- link to google doc .pdf

The mythology test will contain 15 questions on each of the following:
Creation, Titans, Olympians (from the works of Hesiod, Homer, Homeric Hymns; secondary sources)
Heroes (Heracles, Jason, Perseus, Theseus, Bellerophon, Meleager, Atalanta, Orpheus)
Epics (Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid)
Thebes, Mycenae, Sparta, & Athens (from the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, & Euripides as well as Homer & Ovid; secondary sources)
Miscellaneous (Metamorphoses; secondary sources)

Note: These categories are arbitrary and meant to aid study both for this contest and of the literary sources. Many characters and stories do not fit neatly into any one category, thus questions on these may be included in more than one of the above categories; the same is true of the works cited. Zeus/Jupiter, for instance, is everywhere.
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ROMAN HISTORY

Important People & Places in Roman History*   <--- link to google doc .pdf

15 questions on the Monarchy period                                753 - 510/509 BC        
30 questions on the history of the Roman Republic      510/509 - 27 BC
30 questions on the history of the Roman Empire          27 BC - 476 AD
*please note that the three separate lists that make up this document do NOT correspond exactly to the same chronological periods listed above
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ROMAN LIFE

2012 VJCL Roman Life Contest Study Guide  <--- link to google doc .pdf
Includes an outline of the topics on the test and a list of nearly 200 important terms

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GEOGRAPHY of the ANCIENT WORLD

General Knowledge
25 questions
will
test general knowledge of the geography of the ancient world.
Essential Maps  <-- link to google doc .pdf
40 questions
will be based on these maps

Ancient Place Names   <-- link to google doc .pdf
10 questions will be based on the modern names and/or equivalents of ancient places

This test will be similar in scope and content to the 2009 VJCL Geography Contest

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LATIN LITERATURE

2012 VJCL Latin Literature Contest Study Guide   
NOTA BENE:  At this time, the Latin Literature Contest is for students on Levels 3 and higher ONLYPlease contact me if you would like this contest open to all levels.
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