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

2. What is Cicero's reputation as praetor?

3. What happens to Catiline after Cicero uncovers his plans?

4. Who objects when Caesar attempts to use the treasury's money to fund a war?

5. What does Cicero's name mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plutarch mentions that Caesar has a more impressive military career than any of the other Roman leaders mentioned in the book. Analyze Caesar's military experience and the way he chooses to fight his battles, citing specific examples of what earns him so much respect from his soldiers and the people of Rome. Also, describe the way Caesar's military accomplishments compare to those of the other leaders and if your analysis supports Plutarch's opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Pompey is mainly known for his military career, but he also entered the political arena. Analyze both his military and political experiences, how they contrasted each other, and which one had the most impact on Rome. Also, include a detailed explanation of why Pompey was so highly regarded for the way he handled himself during the military battles he was involved with.

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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