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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When Gordianus starts to question Polia, Eco________________.
(a) Pulls a knife on him.
(b) Tackles him.
(c) Runs away.
(d) Throws up.

2. Why does Tiro go to the home of Gordianus?
(a) Tiro wants to marry a slave in Gordianus's household.
(b) Tiro wants to convince Gordianus to free him.
(c) Cicero wants to hire Gordianus to investigate the murder.
(d) Gordianus owes him money.

3. What do Caecilia Metella and Rufus Messalla have in common?
(a) Their sisters were both married to Sulla.
(b) They are brother and sister.
(c) They both know Cicero.
(d) They both hate Gordianus.

4. What clues are provided in Chapter 3 to indicate Cicero's class?
(a) He wears only the best cloth and has fine paintings on the walls.
(b) He owns many slaves and his family background is explained.
(c) Cicero has many wives.
(d) Gordianus is expected to bow to Cicero, but Cicero does not bow in return.

5. Who are Felix and Chrestus?
(a) Cicero's brothers.
(b) Guards assigned to Roscius (filius).
(c) Professional killers who were hired to kill Rocius (pater).
(d) Roscius's (pater) most trusted slaves.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Polia tell neighbors she saw the murder and then deny it?

2. Who is Cicero's client?

3. Eco communicates that the man who stabbed Roscius has what distinguishing characteristic?

4. Gordianus discovers, upon returning to his house after a day of investigating, that_______________________.

5. How does Cicero's house indicate his lifestyle?

Short Essay Questions

1. If traveling to Ameria alone is so dangerous, why doesn't Gordianus take a companion or a guard?

2. How would you describe Caecilia Metella?

3. Why does Cicero send Tiro instead of a lesser slave to the home of Gordianus?

4. Electra tells Gordianus and Tiro that some men bought Elena. What else does she reveal?

5. Cicero and Sextus Roscius (pater) lived very different lifestyles. Compare and contrast their lifestyles.

6. What elements of Cicero's home seem to contradict one another?

7. In Chapter 5, Cicero says to Tiro, "A fit subject for debate: Is it possible that a slave can be too loyal to his master? That is to say, too enthusiastic in his devotion, too ready to spring to his master's defense." What is your answer to that question?

8. Why does Gordianus loan Bethesda to the household of the stable master?

9. Explain why Caecilia would house Sextus Roscius (filius) in an unsavory part of her house, near the stinking indoor toilets.

10. Why does Polia think she is protecting Eco by lying about him witnessing the attack?

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