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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 traditional belief does Marius go against in his first consul?

2. How many miles long is the trench that Crassus digs upon meeting Spartacus on the peninsula?

3. Where in Italy is the famous statue of Gaius Marius located?

4. In which war does Sulla serve under Marius?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Crassus's main vice, and how is this displayed?

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

3. How does the civil war between Marius and Sulla start, and what is the result of it?

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

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

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

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

8. What happens between Crassus and the Spartans that shows his view of war?

9. What is significant about the way Sulla takes control of Rome?

10. What happens to Crassus's family and why does he return to Rome?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Pompey's death was a result of the betrayal of the Egyptians.

1) Describe the dilemma that the Egyptians are faced with as Pompey approaches their shores. Analyze their decision, whether or not you agree with it, and why.

2) Explain the way Pompey decides to proceed to the shores of Egypt, his reaction to his impending death, and how he is killed .

3) Describe Caesar's response to Pompey's death along with his actions following it, and what you think his reasons are for both.

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