Fall of the Roman Republic Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Sulla almost suffer a defeat until he rallies back with his men?

2. What does Marius refuse in the office of tribune?

3. What does Crassus ignore during his first winter in Syria?

4. What happens to Fimbria after he welcomes Sulla into his camp?

5. After being defeated by the Parthians, where does Crassus attempt to go?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sulla approach a possible confrontation with the younger Marius?

2. What is the mystery surrounding Marius's death?

3. What happens to Pompey at Mitylene, and how does he end up going to Egypt?

4. What is interesting about how the battle between Pompey and Sertorius ends, and Pompey's decision afterward?

5. Why does Sulla give up the dictatorship and how does he live his life at this point?

6. What questionable things does Marius do during his sixth term as consul?

7. How does Plutarch feel about Caesar's military accomplishments and why?

8. What kind of reputation does Pompey have with regard to the way he treats enemy soldiers?

9. How does Caesar affect the political career of Crassus?

10. How does Cicero die and how is he remembered?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how Cicero is different from the other five Roman leaders that Plutarch writes about in the book. Include his educational background, military career, and personality. Also, use examples from the book to illustrate his sense of humor, tendency to magnify events, and how these traits were received by those around him. Finally, explain why you think Plutarch chooses to include Cicero in "Fall of the Roman Republic".

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the different characteristics of Marius and Sulla, both militarily and politically. Include a detailed explanation of the feud between them and the effects it has on Rome.

Essay Topic 3

Caesar's death was one of the most famous events in the history of the Roman Republic. 1) Chronicle the events leading up to Caesar's death, describing the people involved, and the warnings that Caesar receives.

2) Describe how Caesar dies and the effect it has on Rome, including the way the people react.

3) Explain about the sayings that Caesar's life and death have inspired throughout the years, detailing their meanings, how they relate to Caesar, and the way they have been used.

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