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 Terentia, Cicero's wife, do to cause their divorce?

2. What happens when Caesar and Pompey finally battle each other?

3. What does Cicero work as when he first returns to Rome?

4. What does Pompey do after defeating the revolt, led by Brutus?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What is the contrast between Caesar's troops and Pompey's troops, and how does that affect the outcome of their war?

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

7. What are some of the omens that Plutarch discusses leading up to Caesar's death?

8. What happens to Pompey at Mitylene, and how does he end up going to Egypt?

9. How does the rivalry between Cicero and Clodius begin?

10. How does Caesar avoid death in his youth, and what do his dealings with the pirates display?

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

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

"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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