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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 happens to Fimbria after he welcomes Sulla into his camp?

2. Where does Crassus remain briefly after his stay at Malaca?

3. How is Crassus killed?

4. What out dated method of punishment does Crassus use after his men's loss?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Crassus's plan after being elected to the consul, and what mistake does he make that winter?

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

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

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

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 is significant about the way Sulla takes control of Rome?

9. How does Crassus originally face the Parthians?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Fall of the Roman Republic" is regarded as one of the most comprehensive accounts of the lives of some of the most significant Roman leaders. Describe five things that you learned from reading the book and why you think they are relevant to either the Roman Republic, or current times. As well, which characters and events do you think had the most impact on the Romans in general and why?

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

Sulla makes his quest for control clear in the way he takes control of Rome.

1) Describe the events that lead up to Sulla attacking Rome and gaining control of it for the first time. Include your analysis of his actions and the motives behind them.

2) Explain what Sulla does after regaining control of Rome, how many soldiers are affected as a result, and what Sulla chooses to do with the control he gives himself.

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