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 decree does Sulla make when he controls Rome?

2. What is Sulla the first Roman to do, pertaining to the Parthians?

3. What plagues Crassus on his plight in Syria?

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

5. What was unique about the Tuetones and the Cimbri?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Crassus's son?

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

4. How does Sulla die?

5. What happens to Sulla's wife, Metella, and what does Sulla do?

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

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

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

9. How does Marius's first military experience inspire him to pursue greater accomplishments?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how Cicero is different from the other five Roman leaders that Plutarch writes about in the book. Include his educational background, military career, and personality. Also, use examples from the book to illustrate his sense of humor, tendency to magnify events, and how these traits were received by those around him. Finally, explain why you think Plutarch chooses to include Cicero in "Fall of the Roman Republic".

Essay Topic 2

Write an in depth essay about Crassus's personality traits, focusing on his main vice, avarice. Use examples and events to explain how his pension for greed affected both his political and military career.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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