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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the slave described in the beginning of Rome's new consul learn of the conspirators' plans?
(a) He knows another slave who has overheard their conversation.
(b) He overhears their conversation while passing them on the street.
(c) He knows another slave who works for one of the conspirators.
(d) He works for one of the conspirators.

2. Who are the main perpetrators of the mass hysteria surrounding the battles the Romans fight in?
(a) People who live inside of the city.
(b) People who are actively involved in the battles.
(c) People who live outside of the city.
(d) People who lost friends or relatives in the battles.

3. What is Circus Maximus?
(a) A large, circular shaped courthouse.
(b) A large, circular shaped senate building.
(c) A large public stadium.
(d) A large private stadium.

4. How many generations pass between the pre-history of Rome and the recorded history?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

5. What is the perception of Rome while Pompilius presides there?
(a) It is volatile but disciplined.
(b) It is peaceful but lacks discipline.
(c) It is peaceful and well disciplined.
(d) It is volatile and undisciplined.

6. How do the people view the senators' fear of the crowds resulting from the debt problem the city faces?
(a) They view it as positive.
(b) They are confused by it.
(c) They view it as negative.
(d) They ignore it.

7. As Part 2 of The Republic begins, what is a main focus of Rome's culture?
(a) The Romans are trying to make the city more sophisticated.
(b) The Romans are expanding their culture to include traits of other regions.
(c) The Romans are trying to make the city less sophisticated.
(d) The Romans are reducing the influence of other regions in their culture.

8. After the senate is formed, how is King Numa Pompilius elected?
(a) In a split decision.
(b) He is appointed.
(c) By forfeit.
(d) Unanimously.

9. Who does Quinctius lead the military against?
(a) The Calabrians.
(b) The Aequians.
(c) The Ligurians.
(d) The Venetians.

10. What situation is the most common setting for a Dictator to be named of Rome?
(a) A shortage of supplies.
(b) A financial crisis.
(c) Civil unrest.
(d) A war.

11. How does a leader's presence or absence on the battlefield affect the troops fighting in a war?
(a) The troops begin to lose morale if a leader is absent.
(b) The troops mostly prefer to be led by a soldier, rather than a military/political leader.
(c) The troops begin to lose morale if a leader is present.
(d) The troops fight the same whether a leader is present or not.

12. What do the Romans surprisingly do after Cloelia successfully escapes from Porsena?
(a) They return her to Porsena.
(b) They refuse to allow her entrance to Rome.
(c) They do not recognize her.
(d) They separate her from her family.

13. How does Livy describe Tarquin's rule over Rome?
(a) Confusing.
(b) Mysterious.
(c) Evil.
(d) Chaotic.

14. Who does the slave turn the information of the conspiracy over to?
(a) The consul.
(b) The army.
(c) The senate.
(d) The people.

15. How attentive to the people's needs are the oligarchic rulers?
(a) They are rarely attentive to them by choice.
(b) It is impossible for them to be attentive to them.
(c) It depends on the cirumstances.
(d) They are always attentive to them by choice.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the group of pacifists call themselves?

2. How does Romulus urge the men to treat the women as Rome is beginning to build its population?

3. What serious problem do the Romans turn to religion for help with?

4. What does Cloelia do when she is held hostage for the second time?

5. What kinds of rights are the women promised when Rome is first beginning?

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