Fall of the Roman Republic Test | Final 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. How long does Cicero serve in the military?

2. What does Caesar do when he is captured by Sulla's men?

3. Where does Cicero serve as a priest before returning to Rome?

4. What happens to Mithridates after Pompey defeats him?

5. What does Caesar do when his first wife dies, endearing him to the people?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Plutarch feel about Caesar's military accomplishments and why?

2. What is interesting about how the battle between Pompey and Sertorius ends, and Pompey's decision afterward?

3. 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"?

4. What is Cicero's educational background and how does it contribute to the decisions made early in his career?

5. What causes the Egyptians to betray Pompey, how does he die, and what is Caesar's reaction?

6. What kind of reputation does Pompey have with regard to the way he treats enemy soldiers?

7. How does Cicero approach young Caesar when he arrives in Rome, and what happens to cause the two to be on opposite sides?

8. How does Pompey's reputation contrast with his father's?

9. What actions does Caesar make following the deaths of his aunt and wife that endear him to the people of Rome?

10. What is the dilemma Cicero faces upon discovering the plan by Catiline's forces that remain in Rome?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Caesar is known for having an impact on Rome from a very early age. Describe his youth and the events that lead up to his return to Rome, including an analysis of his capture by Sulla's men and the pirates. Also, explain why these situations and how Caesar handles them are a sign of the way he eventually approaches later conflicts in his life.

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