ALIRA Unofficial Practice Test 1

The ALIRA Test is a reading comprehension test for Latin with a variety of passages ranging from historical narratives to modern articles. Scores are measured on a range from N1-5 to A with I1-5 in between. You can see a sample score report here. The Language Testing International Organization has released a practice exam, available here. This practice exam is based on the structure of the official sample test, providing those interested with unofficial materials to study with. The questions generally increase in difficulty as you move through the texts and are taken from a wide range of sources. Currently, there is no way to assess the level of each question, but generally the first questions are equivalent to novice levels and the final questions are equivalent to the intermediate levels. Good Luck!


Source: Lingua Latīna Per Sē Illūstrāta Pars I: Familia Rōmāna


Which of the following would the ships trade with?
A.) Oppidum
B.) Fluvius
C.) Insula
D.) None of the Above

The image above is related to
A.) Funerals
B.) Schools
C.) Marriages
D.) Economics


Source: Wheelock’s Sixth Edition


Whom is Martial addressing?
A.) Himself
B.) Fidentius
C.) a Male
D.) Recitas


“In primis annis Romani habuerunt reges. Reges fuerunt Etrusci. Etrusci erant in throno Romano.”
Source: Latin by the Natural Method
Who ruled Rome?
A.) The Romans
B.) The Etruscans
C.) Roman Kings
D.) Etruscan Kings


Source: The Latin Wikipedia News Page


What happens to the Capital?
A.) The citizens recreate it like it was in 1991
B.) The president gave an address in Astana
C.) The capital city was renamed to “Nursultan”
D.) The president left office.


Source: Western Washington University


What is the origin of the cold air?
A.) Canada
B.) Mississippi
C.) Louisiana
D.) Georgia




What is going on in this passage?
A.) The Roman Senate debates going to war with Carthage
B.) The Carthaginian Senate debates going to war with Rome
C.) The Carthaginian Senate discusses the command of Hasdrubal
D.) The Carthaginian Senate discusses the command of Hannibal


Source: Via Latin; An Easy Latin Reader


Why did Pelias wish to kill Jason?
A.) He wanted to become king
B.) He felt that Jason was a danger to the Kingdom
C.) He had abducted the king
D.) He didn’t.


Source: A First Latin Reader (1912)


What prevented Columbus from traveling on the sea?
A.) Family Obligations
B.) Money
C.) Care
D.) Danger


Source: Fabulae Facilis


What did Laomedon not wish to do?
A.) Be in the favor of Neptune and Apollo
B.) Pay for the services of Neptune and Apollo
C.) Ask Neptune and Apollo for good fortune
D.) Increase tribute to Neptune and Apollo


Eo nomine senatus decretis honorificis in ordinem suum me adlegit, C. Pansa et A. Hirtio consulibus, consularem locum sententiae dicendae tribuens, et imperium mihi dedit. Res publica ne quid detrimenti caperet, me propraetore simul cum consulibus providere iussit. Populus autem eodem anno me consulem, cum cos. uterque bello cecidisset, et triumvirum rei publicae constituendae creavit. - Octavian
Source: Res Gestae Divi Augusti


With what rank did Octavian gain imperium?
A.) Tribune
B.) Propraetor
C.) Consulship
D.) Triumvir

Answer Key (highlight it): 1.) A 2.) B 3.) B 4.) D 5.) C 6.) A 7.) D 8.) A 9.) B 10.) B 11.) B

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