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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How common is the interaction between human and divine beings in Ancient Rome, according to Livy?
(a) It is very common.
(b) It happens only twice a year.
(c) It happens only once a year.
(d) It is very uncommon.

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

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

4. How is Horatius given a reprieve from the death penalty after his tragic response to his sister's reaction to the battle?
(a) The senate does not want to lose him as a soldier.
(b) No witnesses will testify against him.
(c) He is found innocent of all charges.
(d) He is considered to have been in an abnormal state after the battle.

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

6. What do the Volscians continue to be for Rome during the time of two consuls?
(a) A source of work for Rome.
(b) A source of food for Rome.
(c) A major opponent of Rome.
(d) A major ally of Rome.

7. 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.

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

9. What does the group of pacifists call themselves?
(a) The anti-war coalition.
(b) The peace coalition.
(c) The anti-war party.
(d) The peace party.

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

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

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

13. What do some of the creditors do to make the situation worse?
(a) They attack the debtors physically.
(b) They try to take property away from the debtors.
(c) They exploit the debtors.
(d) They refuse to accept repayment of the debts owed to them.

14. Where does Romulus gather people from to help start Rome's population?
(a) All of the surrounding countries.
(b) All of the surrounding villages.
(c) A select amount of the surrounding villages.
(d) A select amount of the surrounding countries.

15. What never changes, according to the opening of The Patricians at Bay?
(a) Time.
(b) Human nature.
(c) The way wars are fought.
(d) The way politics are handled.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the slave given for his role in preventing the conspiracy?

2. How do the Romans use war in the second part of The Republic?

3. How does Livy describe Tarquin's rule over Rome?

4. Which one of the following is not an event that is included in the book as an ominous sign for Rome?

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

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