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. What has happened to Metellus's credibility in Rome?

2. How much time has passed from the end of chapter one to the beginning of chapter two?

3. What does Jugurtha want his half-brother to find for him?

4. What was the Destroyer?

5. What request does Marius make of Metellus?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what was Metellus elected and with this election what was he given?

2. How did Marius serve the army and what was the outcome of his service?

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

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

5. What does Gaius Caesar inform Sulla about Clitumna after her death?

6. What does Marius ask of Sulla when the meet for the first time?

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

8. Why was Silanus intentionally left behind while the others left for the mission in Africa?

9. Why did Marius have such a good turn out at the meeting of the Senators he called?

10. Why is Bomilcar unhappy with Jugurtha?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

At several points in the novel, Marius side steps the Senate. Do you think he was justified in this action? Why or why not? Could someone take these same steps today? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Compare the senate as it is described throughout the novel to the modern senate. In what ways do they act the same? In what ways are they different? Which do you think is better for its citizens? Why?

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