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. What does Caesar do for Cleopatra?

2. What do some people fear after appointing Caesar the dictator of Rome for life?

3. How is Pompey mentioned in Sulla's will?

4. What causes Lepidus to die?

5. What reason does Considius give for his general lack of fear?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What important event does Cicero stop when he is the praetor of Rome?

3. What does Caesar do to build support for himself as a Roman leader after he returns from Gaul, and why is the timing significant?

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

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

6. What leads to the civil war between Caesar and Pompey?

7. How does Cicero die and how is he remembered?

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

9. How does Caesar die and why has the event become so famous?

10. What personal problems does Cicero encounter after he retires from public life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pompey's death was a result of the betrayal of the Egyptians.

1) Describe the dilemma that the Egyptians are faced with as Pompey approaches their shores. Analyze their decision, whether or not you agree with it, and why.

2) Explain the way Pompey decides to proceed to the shores of Egypt, his reaction to his impending death, and how he is killed .

3) Describe Caesar's response to Pompey's death along with his actions following it, and what you think his reasons are for both.

Essay Topic 2

Marius displays his constant resolve in a variety of different ways throughout his life.

1) Explain how Marius loses two political battles in one day, and why the way he handles each of them is important.

2) Describe the way Marius views his involvement in the wars that he fights, how he chooses to train himself and his troops, and explain the origin of the saying, "one of Marius's mules."

3) Describe at least two other examples of how Marius shows his resolve or the inability to accept defeat, and why that is a significant part of his life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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