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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 the population of Rome estimated to be during first part of The Patricians at Bay?
(a) 49, 714.
(b) 94, 714.
(c) 104, 714.
(d) 140, 714.

2. How attentive to the people's needs are the oligarchic rulers?
(a) It is impossible for them to be attentive to them.
(b) It depends on the cirumstances.
(c) They are rarely attentive to them by choice.
(d) They are always attentive to them by choice.

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

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

5. After the senate is formed, how is King Numa Pompilius elected?
(a) He is appointed.
(b) In a split decision.
(c) By forfeit.
(d) Unanimously.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. According to Livy, what is the one thing that is needed for all politicians to be elected into office?

4. What is the reason for Tarquin's failure at attempting to retake control of Rome?

5. What is made to honor Cloelia's bravery?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the war between the Romans and the Aequians waged?

3. How are the debtors made to pay for their debt, and what do the creditors do to take advantage of them?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. How is Romulus regarded as a leader, and what things does he have to do in order to build Rome?

9. How does Tarquin gain power, and who is recognized in removing it from him?

10. How does Tarquin attempt to regain power, and what prevents him from succeeding?

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