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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 many years is Rome a Republic before other well known governments are established, such as Athens and Sparta?
(a) About 400 years.
(b) About 200 years.
(c) About 120 years.
(d) About 320 years.

2. What causes Servilius and Appius to become unpopular with the Romans?
(a) The consul only lends half of the debtors the money needed to pay their debts.
(b) The consul attempts to collect the debts owed on the creditors' behalf.
(c) The consul continues to ignore the creditors' unfair treatment of debtors.
(d) The consul does not keep their word with the debtors.

3. Why are most of the politicians in Rome oligarchs?
(a) They tried a political system with many leaders and it did not work.
(b) They can afford to invest the time needed.
(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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. After the senate is formed, how is King Numa Pompilius elected?

2. How common is the interaction between human and divine beings in Ancient Rome, according to Livy?

3. According to one theory, how are Romulus and Remus related?

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

5. How does a leader's presence or absence on the battlefield affect the troops fighting in a war?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens to Cloelia and why is her story inspirational to the Romans?

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