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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 does Marius refuse in the office of tribune?

2. What happens in Sulla's first bid for praetorship?

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

4. How many brothers did Crassus have?

5. How is Scipio taken captive by Sulla?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Sulla attempt to interfere with Pompey the Great's life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens to Crassus's son?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the different characteristics of Marius and Sulla, both militarily and politically. Include a detailed explanation of the feud between them and the effects it has on Rome.

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

Describe the period where the political careers of Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus all intersected, the reasons for it, which ones were the most influential, and the effect it had on each of the three.

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