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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 does Crassus feel about Sulla's opinion of Pompey?

2. What does Valeria pluck from Sulla's toga before they are eventually married?

3. What is Crassus's biggest vice?

4. Who benefits the most from Caesar's successful attempt to convince Crassus and Pompey to join forces?

5. What part did family play in Crassus's childhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the people show their support for Caesar when he enters politics and what does Cato do to try to lessen Caesar's popularity at that time?

2. What is it about Caesar's actions that cause him to lose support from the people, and how does he become a dictator for life?

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

4. Why does Cicero leave Rome after he draws the ire of Clodius, and how does he return?

5. What age is Pompey when he does battle with Caesar and what happens when the two first meet?

6. How does Sulla die?

7. What part does Pompey play in the war in Africa, how does he want to be celebrated for it, and why is he given the name, "The Great"?

8. What happens to Crassus's son?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Omens played a big part of the way Romans lived their lives and made their decisions.

1) Using each of the six figures for which Plutarch provides a biography, describe the different omens that they encounter and the way that they choose to react to them.

2) Analyze the differences or similarities between how the Roman leaders responded to omens during their lives, and the results of their regard for them.

3) Explain what you think the significance of omens were in general to the Roman Republic and the people who lived during that time.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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