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 Crassus remain briefly after his stay at Malaca?

2. What law does Marius put into effect upon being voted to the office of tribune?

3. Who is credited with ending the war in Africa?

4. When standing for aedileship, how many times does Marius get defeated politically in a single day?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rex Warner describe Plutarch's biography of Marius and why?

2. What kinds of omens does Crassus receive on his way to Syria and how does he respond to them?

3. What happens to Sulla's wife, Metella, and what does Sulla do?

4. What does Sulla do after taking Rome again, this time, from Telesinus?

5. What is Crassus's plan to escape from the Parthians?

6. What is interesting about Sulla's funeral and the inscription on his burial stone?

7. Where does the expression, "one of Marius's mules" originate?

8. What does Marius do when elected consul to endear himself to the people?

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

10. How does Marius distinguish himself when he is voted into the office of tribune?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Plutarch uses the comparisons of other figures to illustrate the character of the Roman leaders that he describes in "Fall of the Roman Republic". For each of the following, explain the comparison made by Plutarch, what it displays for each figure, and what it adds to the biography of that specific Roman leader.

1) Marius and Plato.

2) Sulla and Lysander.

3) Crassus and Nicias.

4) Pompey and Agesilaus.

5) Cicero and Demosthenes.

6) Caesar and Marius.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, including an analysis of all factors surrounding the events that led up to it, how it was waged, and the way that it ended. Use the entire book to provide insight on both men to explain the reasons for their parts in the war, and the overall effect it has on the future of Rome.

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