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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. How does Hostilius consider Pompilius's culture to be?
(a) Humorous.
(b) Exciting.
(c) Boring.
(d) Expansive.

2. 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 works for one of the conspirators.
(c) He overhears their conversation while passing them on the street.
(d) He knows another slave who has overheard their conversation.

3. How do the senators show their fear for the people's increasing awareness of the debt crisis?
(a) They attempt to talk with the people more directly.
(b) They resign.
(c) They stay away.
(d) They attempt to create new laws for time payments.

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

5. How many tribes does Rome have at this point in their history in the second part of The Republic?
(a) Thirty one.
(b) Fifty one.
(c) Twenty one.
(d) Forty one.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the surrounding political locations feel about Rome when it is first being created?

2. In the original book, how many chapter breaks are there in The Republic?

3. What procedure does Ancus re-institute?

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

5. How many years is Rome a Republic before other well known governments are established, such as Athens and Sparta?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between two allies of Rome, and how does the city become involved?

2. How do the debtors and the citizens of Rome take the law into their own hands after the government proves to be no help with the credit problems?

3. How does Rome respond to outside regions in the beginning of its existence?

4. Why does the city of Ardea respond positively to Rome's new outlook?

5. What cause does Plato think women should eventually take up and why?

6. How does the plague weaken Rome, and what brings them back from possible defeat?

7. How does the political system of the oligarchs differ from the original ruling style of the Kings?

8. What is the important decision Rome faces at the end of the book and how do they make it?

9. What happens to the five classes set up by Servilius, and how are the patricians described?

10. What are the decemvirs?

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