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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. How many total terms does Marius serve as consul?

2. What does Warner indicate is exaggerated by Plutarch?

3. What serves as the basis for the saying, "one of Marius's mules"?

4. How many children did Sulla have altogether?

5. How many enemy soldiers does Sulla slaughter in the "circus" while seizing control of Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Marius's first military experience inspire him to pursue greater accomplishments?

2. What age does Marius retire from the leadership command position in the military, and what does he do afterward?

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

4. How does Sulla die?

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

6. How does Sulla rule over Rome for the second time?

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

8. How does Crassus originally face the Parthians?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an in depth essay about Crassus's personality traits, focusing on his main vice, avarice. Use examples and events to explain how his pension for greed affected both his political and military career.

Essay Topic 2

Caesar's political career was hugely successful as he became appointed a dictator for life by the Roman people.

1) Compare Caesar's approach to politics and the offices he held with others who came before him, particularly Sulla, who had a distinctly different view of the people.

2) Describe the key events that caused Caesar to become so popular among the people, how his decisions and actions contributed to the popularity, and why the people connected with him in that way.

3) Analyze Caesar's political accomplishments and the situations that led him to become consul and then dictator. Also, include a description of the things that Caesar does to lose the support of the people and what his reasons are for them.

Essay Topic 3

Omens played a big part of the way Romans lived their lives and made their decisions.

1) Using each of the six figures for which Plutarch provides a biography, describe the different omens that they encounter and the way that they choose to react to them.

2) Analyze the differences or similarities between how the Roman leaders responded to omens during their lives, and the results of their regard for them.

3) Explain what you think the significance of omens were in general to the Roman Republic and the people who lived during that time.

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