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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. Upon entering Italy, what do Sulla's men do to show their allegiance?

2. How is Crassus killed?

3. How does Crassus feel about Sulla's opinion of Pompey?

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

5. What event causes Crassus to emerge from hiding?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Crassus's son?

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

3. Why does Sulla give up the dictatorship and how does he live his life at this point?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the feud between Marius and Metellus begin?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plutarch mentions that Caesar has a more impressive military career than any of the other Roman leaders mentioned in the book. Analyze Caesar's military experience and the way he chooses to fight his battles, citing specific examples of what earns him so much respect from his soldiers and the people of Rome. Also, describe the way Caesar's military accomplishments compare to those of the other leaders and if your analysis supports Plutarch's opinion.

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

Cicero makes an important decision while serving his office that has an unintended effect on his status in Rome.

1) Analyze the decision Cicero has to make concerning the death penalty for Catiline's men who remain in Rome and are planning to destroy the city. Explain both sides of the issue, why Cicero is hesitant to make the decision, and what factors he considers.

2) Describe the political fallout from Cicero's decision, his feud with Clodius, and how the decision is used against Cicero to cause his departure from Rome.

3) Explain the events that take place while Cicero is away from Rome and what ultimately causes his return.

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