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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 often does Vibius send food to Crassus after learning of his escape from Rome?

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

3. How does Caesar describe the results of Sulla's second bid for praetorship?

4. Where does Marius participate in a war as legate to Metellus?

5. How does Mummius respond to Crassus's instructions against the Spartans at the arc?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is interesting about the way Marius first tries to stand for the aedileship?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Crassus originally face the Parthians?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Caesar is known for having an impact on Rome from a very early age. Describe his youth and the events that lead up to his return to Rome, including an analysis of his capture by Sulla's men and the pirates. Also, explain why these situations and how Caesar handles them are a sign of the way he eventually approaches later conflicts in his life.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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