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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. Which part of Marius's life is obscured by Plutarch, according to Warner?

2. How many enemy soldiers does Sulla slaughter in the "circus" while seizing control of Rome?

3. What plagues Crassus on his plight in Syria?

4. What tactic does Sulla employ to overcome his men's fear of war?

5. What personality does Crassus have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"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?

Essay Topic 3

During the Roman Empire, marriage was used as a way to exercise control over people and situations and was looked at much differently than it is today. Write an essay describing the way the Romans, and the leaders in particular, saw marriage, and how it differs from current times. Provide examples of the way marriage was used for political purposes in the book, how each of the leaders viewed it, and why there were so many different marriages within a short period.

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