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. Why does Sulla consider putting Caesar to death at such a young age?

2. What does Cinna's disappearance lead some to believe?

3. What does Sulla think Pompey has done with regard to his enemy, Lepidus?

4. Why does Caesar divorce his second wife?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Cicero retire from public life, and what do his plans include at this point in his life?

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

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

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

6. How do the differences between Caesar and Pompey lead to Caesar becoming the dictator of Rome, and what does he do with the position?

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

8. How does Pompey face criticism for pursuing Caesar and what happens when the two meet for the final time?

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

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

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 war between Cicero and Catiline, why it starts, how Cicero becomes involved in it, and the way Catiline is dealt with. Explain Cicero's involvement and actions in detail along with why he has the ability to stop Catiline and his plans.

Essay Topic 3

During the Roman Empire, marriage was used as a way to exercise control over people and situations and was looked at much differently than it is today. Write an essay describing the way the Romans, and the leaders in particular, saw marriage, and how it differs from current times. Provide examples of the way marriage was used for political purposes in the book, how each of the leaders viewed it, and why there were so many different marriages within a short period.

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