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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are the Sabine people described in the book?
(a) They ignore Rome until they are attacked.
(b) They are recurrent allies of Rome.
(c) They are a recurrent opponent of Rome.
(d) They are not aware of Rome at the time the book was written.

2. 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 less sophisticated.
(b) The Romans are expanding their culture to include traits of other regions.
(c) The Romans are reducing the influence of other regions in their culture.
(d) The Romans are trying to make the city more sophisticated.

3. What does the group, the Aurunci, consist of?
(a) More than one country.
(b) More than one town.
(c) Just one country.
(d) Just one town.

4. Although it is a decisive Roman victory, what are the total losses on both sides of the war that results in one of the consuls being injured, and the other being beheaded?
(a) Between eight and nine thousand men.
(b) Between fourteen and fifteen thousand men.
(c) Between nine and ten thousand men.
(d) Between eleven and twelve thousand men.

5. How many days are taken to contemplate the origin of the lights in the sky that are seen after a military campaign?
(a) Five.
(b) Four.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

6. Where do the Romans adopt their religion from?
(a) The Turks.
(b) The Greeks.
(c) The Albanians.
(d) The Bulgarians.

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

8. How long did Romulus rule for?
(a) Thirty-seven years.
(b) Seventeen years.
(c) Forty-seven years.
(d) Twenty-seven years.

9. What is a difficulty that the author encounters while writing about the history of Rome?
(a) The origins.
(b) The language.
(c) Omission of facts.
(d) Exaggeration of facts.

10. How was the support of the people viewed by the Kings of early Rome?
(a) As unnecessary.
(b) As a necessity.
(c) As valuable, but not easily attainable.
(d) As valuable and easily attainable.

11. How many years is Rome a Republic before other well known governments are established, such as Athens and Sparta?
(a) About 400 years.
(b) About 320 years.
(c) About 200 years.
(d) About 120 years.

12. What is Brutus known as in the beginning of the second book?
(a) Brutus the Betrayer.
(b) Brutus the Liberator.
(c) Brutus the Destroyer.
(d) Brutus the Conqueror.

13. What does Brutus demand for the protection of the Roman government?
(a) That there will be no more Kings.
(b) That there will no longer be elections.
(c) That he be declared King.
(d) That the elections will happen every four years.

14. What do the Romans do as a way to deal with the debt problem once it becomes more intense?
(a) They try to borrow money from other neighboring countries.
(b) They hold public meetings.
(c) They try to borrow money from other neighboring regions.
(d) They hold private meetings.

15. What do the people do when creditors attempt to collect repayment in the courts?
(a) They file lawsuits against the creditors in retaliation.
(b) They form mobs to protect the debtors.
(c) They encourage debtors not to attend the court proceedings.
(d) They protest the government by holding big rallies.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Livy, how much of a difference was there between the rich and the poor early in Rome's history?

2. What does the great Roman warrior, Valerius, do once he enters politics?

3. What does Ancus do to solve the increasing crime problem Rome faces?

4. How common is the interaction between human and divine beings in Ancient Rome, according to Livy?

5. What does the author tell the reader he is writing about in the first Introduction?

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