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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. What is made to honor Cloelia's bravery?
(a) A plaque.
(b) A painting of her portrait.
(c) A statue.
(d) An official day of recognition.

2. Why are most of the politicians in Rome oligarchs?
(a) They can afford to invest the time needed.
(b) They tried a political system with many leaders and it did not work.
(c) The city cannot find more than a few people that the Romans would elect.
(d) They have seen how political systems with many leaders in other regions have failed.

3. What planet's name is given to the temple to a deity?
(a) Pluto.
(b) Jupiter.
(c) Saturn.
(d) Neptune.

4. How long does the creation and establishment of Rome take?
(a) Hours.
(b) Days.
(c) Years.
(d) Months.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the political leaders of Rome gain the support of the people early on?

2. How is Horatius given a reprieve from the death penalty after his tragic response to his sister's reaction to the battle?

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

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

5. How many generations pass between the pre-history of Rome and the recorded history?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Camillus, and how is his quest to Delphi interrupted?

2. How does Gaul gain a victory over Rome, what does Camillus do to retaliate, and how do the women of the city contribute to the war?

3. How does the war between the creditors and the debtors begin?

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

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

7. What does Postumius do to cause his soldiers to turn against him, and what is the controversy surrounding his death?

8. 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?

9. What threat do the decemvirs face, and how do they initially attempt to deal with it?

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

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