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 does Jugurtha eventually die?

2. What does Sulla require Pompey the Great to do?

3. What out dated method of punishment does Crassus use after his men's loss?

4. How does Caesar describe the results of Sulla's second bid for praetorship?

5. Where in Italy is the famous statue of Gaius Marius located?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Sulla's wife, Metella, and what does Sulla do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the mystery surrounding Marius's death?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay describing how Cicero is different from the other five Roman leaders that Plutarch writes about in the book. Include his educational background, military career, and personality. Also, use examples from the book to illustrate his sense of humor, tendency to magnify events, and how these traits were received by those around him. Finally, explain why you think Plutarch chooses to include Cicero in "Fall of the Roman Republic".

Essay Topic 2

Caesar's death was one of the most famous events in the history of the Roman Republic. 1) Chronicle the events leading up to Caesar's death, describing the people involved, and the warnings that Caesar receives.

2) Describe how Caesar dies and the effect it has on Rome, including the way the people react.

3) Explain about the sayings that Caesar's life and death have inspired throughout the years, detailing their meanings, how they relate to Caesar, and the way they have been used.

Essay Topic 3

"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?

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