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 do Caesar and Pompey hide their dislike for each other?

2. Whose presence helps Pompey defeat Sertorius?

3. What does Caesar do for Cleopatra?

4. Who pays Caesar's debt when he is stopped on his way to Spain?

5. What does Caesar use to build support for himself as a Roman leader?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Cicero's name mean, why was he given it, and how does his response to it indicate his sense of humor?

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

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

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

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

10. 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"?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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