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. Where is Sulla chased into by Sulpicius's men?

2. Which one of the following is not one of the theories of how Marius died?

3. What is Marius's statue made out of?

4. What is Sulla's first order after taking over Rome?

5. Why does Sulla say that he divorced Metella?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Marius do when elected consul to endear himself to the people?

4. How does Crassus originally face the Parthians?

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

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

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

8. What happens to Crassus's son?

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

10. Why does Sulla give up the dictatorship and how does he live his life at this point?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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