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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kinds of rights are the women promised when Rome is first beginning?
(a) None of the rights proper to Roman wives.
(b) All of the rights proper to Roman wives.
(c) More rights than were common for Roman wives.
(d) Less rights than were common for Roman wives.

2. What serious problem do the Romans turn to religion for help with?
(a) The wars.
(b) The financial burden of debts.
(c) The plague.
(d) The fear of the lights in the sky.

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

4. Which one of the following is not an event that is included in the book as an ominous sign for Rome?
(a) Fire in the sky.
(b) A talking cow.
(c) Extensive flooding of the rivers.
(d) A volcanic eruption.

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

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

7. According to Livy, how much of a difference was there between the rich and the poor early in Rome's history?
(a) Rome had no wealthy people in its beginnings.
(b) Not very much difference.
(c) A huge difference.
(d) No difference.

8. What is the reason given for why parents are eventually allowed to move into Rome?
(a) To increase Rome's population even more.
(b) To be political advisors.
(c) To contribute to the economy.
(d) To be closer to relatives.

9. How do the political leaders of Rome gain the support of the people early on?
(a) By following the advice of established military leaders.
(b) By successfully predicting the outcome of the wars they wage.
(c) By serving in the military along with the soldiers.
(d) By avoiding the wars they wage.

10. What is the slave given for his role in preventing the conspiracy?
(a) Roman citizenship.
(b) Free land.
(c) The chance to purchase land.
(d) A place in the senate.

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

12. In the original book, how many chapter breaks are there in The Republic?
(a) One.
(b) None.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

13. What is the reason for Tarquin's failure at attempting to retake control of Rome?
(a) Tarquin lacks the number of men needed to battle Rome.
(b) Tarquin does not allow his men to rest, so they are too tired to fight Rome.
(c) The people's fear of Brutus.
(d) The support of the people for Brutus.

14. What does Romulus become known as?
(a) The foundation of Rome.
(b) The direction of Rome.
(c) The destruction of Rome.
(d) The preservation of Rome.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Romulus gather people from to help start Rome's population?

2. How many tribes does Rome have at this point in their history in the second part of The Republic?

3. How does a leader's presence or absence on the battlefield affect the troops fighting in a war?

4. Who is the elderly man that brought the issue of debt to the forefront?

5. How do the senators show their fear for the people's increasing awareness of the debt crisis?

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