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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 is Romulus thought of as a leader?
(a) He is admired, but not respected.
(b) He is neither admired nor respected.
(c) He is respected, but not admired.
(d) He is admired and respected.

2. What does the author tell the reader he is writing about in the first Introduction?
(a) The group of people who traveled through Rome before it was founded.
(b) The second group of people to inhabit Rome.
(c) The first people in Rome that cannot be verified.
(d) The first people in Rome that anyone is certain of.

3. How does Rome use the Dictatorship during The Republic?
(a) It replaces the consul.
(b) Only as needed.
(c) Never.
(d) Every other year.

4. How is the problem of debt described?
(a) As a past social problem.
(b) As a past civil problem..
(c) As a manageable civil and social problem.
(d) As an unmanageable civil and social problem.

5. How does the town of Pometia almost defeat the Romans?
(a) They obtain more advanced weaponry than the Romans.
(b) They outnumber the Romans by a two to one margin.
(c) They attack the Romans using domestic devices.
(d) They surprise the Romans with an army of well trained soldiers.

Short Answer Questions

1. What level of involvement do the leaders have in the war that featured debtors who agreed to fight in exchange for their debt being resolved?

2. What does Brutus demand for the protection of the Roman government?

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

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

5. How are the Sabine people described in the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Valerius, and what does he do for the Roman people?

3. What is interesting about the Roman religion and where was it adopted from?

4. How do the senators initially respond to the ensuing credit war, and why does this strategy backfire on them?

5. What role do the women have in the beginning of Rome?

6. How is a slave given citizenship, according to the story told in Rome as a Republic?

7. How long does Romulus rule, and what type of leadership does Pompilius provide?

8. How do the Romans and the Albans agree to settle their war and what is the result?

9. What is the new group of pacifists called, and where do they settle?

10. What are the two different stories about the origin of Romulus and Remus?

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