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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Marcus think about the men of the village who were killed?

2. How did Esca become enslaved?

3. What does the leader have on his face between his brows?

4. What happens when Marcus does the wager?

5. How does Marcus feel towards Esca?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rome award the Second Legion and Marcus?

2. What is Placidus's attitude at dinner that night?

3. Describe Cottia and how Marcus meets her.

4. Who is Claudius Hieronimianus and who does he bring to dinner with him?

5. Describe what happens when Marcus sees the patrol coming back to the outpost.

6. What can Marcus do about being discharged from the legion?

7. Describe the local population's relationship with Rome.

8. Who is Esca, where did he come from, what does he say to Marcus and what does he become to Marcus?

9. What has happened to Marcus's family?

10. How do Romans place seasoned and new soldiers in formation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Decimation was a form of Roman punishment for dishonored legions. Describe the process and discuss whether you think it's an effective method of keeping soldiers in line.

Essay Topic 2

Esca proves his loyalty to Marcus by offering to die in his place. Esca is a member of the Painted People, enemies of the Roman Legions. His entire family was killed fighting for their freedom against the Roman Empire. Yet, Esca has found in Marcus, a young Roman Centurion, the closest friendship. His love and loyalty for Marcus are so great that Esca is willing to abandon the remnants of his clan and die for Marcus. Again, Sutcliff uses Esca's plight to suggest that the under classes were born to sacrifice themselves on behalf of the rulers, in Britain as well as in the Roman Empire.

How do you think this class hierarchy in ancient Rome relates to present day class divisions?

Essay Topic 3

What is the rite of manhood and how might it symbolize Marcus's struggle in his life?

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