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. How many miles long is the trench that Crassus digs upon meeting Spartacus on the peninsula?

2. Why does Sulla say that he divorced Metella?

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

4. After crossing the Alps, where does Marius set up a fortified camp with the Romans while waiting for the invaders?

5. What decree does Sulla make when he controls Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Crassus's plan to escape from the Parthians?

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

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

4. What happens to Crassus's son?

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

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

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

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

9. What kinds of omens does Crassus receive on his way to Syria and how does he respond to them?

10. How does Crassus die and what do the Parthians do after his death?

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 Marius and Metellus, chronicling how it begins, the reasons why it becomes so intense, and the effect its ending has on Marius's career as a Roman leader.

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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