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 ambition has Sulla lost?

2. Why do many of the senators automatically not like Marius?

3. Why does Metellus refuse Marius's request?

4. Why does Caesar want to think about Sulla's proposition that he marry Julilia?

5. What request does Marius make of Metellus?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Sulla's heritage and how does he currently live?

3. Why is Jugurtha currently in Rome?

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

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

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

7. What changes does Marius make to the legions he takes with him back to Africa?

8. What does Mariuus want and what stops him from achieving this goal?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the difference in character between Caepio and Marius. Which of the two demonstrates better character? Why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

What happened to friendships throughout this novel? Were there any real friendships? If so, how did they survive? If not, why weren't there any?

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