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 do so many senators show up at the meeting Marius calls?

2. Which of the following is now an important senator?

3. What type of family is Marius's?

4. On which holiday does this novel begin?

5. Why is Gaius Julius Caesar concerned about his daughter giving birth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Metellus and his troops in Africa?

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

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

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

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

6. Describe both of Caesar's daughters.

7. What does Caesar ask Marius when he invites him over for dinner?

8. What happened when Cassius took troops to attack the Germans?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the beginning of the novel, Sulla murders numerous people. Why does he take these actions? How does he react to these situations? Are his actions justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How does the author create an accurate representation of the tension between classes during this novel? Do you think these issues exist in society today? Why or why not?

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