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

2. According to one theory, how are Romulus and Remus related?
(a) They are cousins.
(b) They are half-brothers.
(c) They are fraternal twins.
(d) They are identical twins.

3. What does Servius institute while serving as the King of Rome?
(a) The census.
(b) A limit to what the Roman people can earn.
(c) A limit to what elected officials can earn.
(d) A new trade agreement with other countries.

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 volcanic eruption.
(c) A talking cow.
(d) Extensive flooding of the rivers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Brutus known as in the beginning of the second book?

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

3. What causes Servilius and Appius to become unpopular with the Romans?

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

5. What situation is the most common setting for a Dictator to be named of Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the war with the Aequians, and how do the Romans respond?

2. How does Tarquin die, and what effect does it have on the Republic of Rome?

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

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

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

6. How does the town of Pometia surprisingly stand up to Rome, and what is the end result?

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

8. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

9. What is Livy's theory of human nature, and how does it relate to Rome?

10. What do the introductory sections of the book cover and what is the overall intent of Livy?

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