Fall of the Roman Republic Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Metella, Sulla's wife, during one of his banquets?

2. Who is leading the enemy troops as Sulla and his men near Rome?

3. What type of mines does Crassus own?

4. Who prompts Sulla to attack Rome, after initially hesitating?

5. What does Warner indicate is exaggerated by Plutarch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Caesar affect the political career of Crassus?

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

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

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

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

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

Describe the war between Cicero and Catiline, why it starts, how Cicero becomes involved in it, and the way Catiline is dealt with. Explain Cicero's involvement and actions in detail along with why he has the ability to stop Catiline and his plans.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, including an analysis of all factors surrounding the events that led up to it, how it was waged, and the way that it ended. Use the entire book to provide insight on both men to explain the reasons for their parts in the war, and the overall effect it has on the future of Rome.

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