The First Man in Rome Test | Mid-Book 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 Metellus refuse Marius's request?

2. How are Marius and Gaius Julius Caesar related?

3. Why did Marius stay up all night the night before his inauguration day?

4. Why was Julilia starving herself?

5. What has to happen before Marius can marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. From who does the Julian clan claim to be descended from and what does this give them in society?

2. How did Sulla find out that the mushroom Nicopolis was picking was poisonous and what did he do about it?

3. How does Marius respond to the complaints and issues the Senators bring up about his proposed bill?

4. When Metellus finally releases Marius from his African service what does he believe will happen and w hat does actually happen?

5. What do Marius and Rufus do because of their frustrations with Metellus's mishandling of the war in Africa?

6. What does Caesar confide to Marius privately about Sulla and how does Marius react?

7. What must Marius do in order to marry one of Caesar's daughters?

8. Who had prepared Nicopolis's will and what were the terms of the will?

9. What has been happening to the Roman army lately and what has this caused?

10. Why does Marius want to return to Rome and what does Metellus do about his request?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does luck play throughout the novel? How do the characters feel about the luck? Why do you think this is the case?

Essay Topic 2

Describe how there are two different kinds of Man of the People. Which characters represent each kind? Is this still the case in modern society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

From the beginning of the novel, Marius believes he is destined for greatness. How do you think this belief about himself has helped him to achieve what he has at the end of the novel? What do you think would have happened had he not had this belief?

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