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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What do some of the creditors do to make the situation worse?

3. Although it is a decisive Roman victory, what are the total losses on both sides of the war that results in one of the consuls being injured, and the other being beheaded?

4. How many days are taken to contemplate the origin of the lights in the sky that are seen after a military campaign?

5. Why are most of the politicians in Rome oligarchs?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. What two noteworthy things does Servius do while he serves as the King of Rome?

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

7. What happens under a two consul system that changes the traditional way military leaders fight with their men?

8. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How and why do the slaves attempt to revolt against the government? Explain the methods they use and how the timing of their planned revolt is significant. Also, describe the way the government deals with the slaves and how the revolt is stopped.

Essay Topic 2

Servius' time as King is eventful in many ways, including how his reign ends.

1) Chronicle the policies that Servius is responsible for and their effect on Rome.

2) Describe in detail the plan to take the throne from Servius by his relatives.

3) Explain how Tarquin rules over Rome, providing examples from the book of his actions.

4) Describe Sextus's role in Gabii and how his actions ignite the effort to remove Tarquin and eliminate the idea of a monarchy.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the possible motivations behind the Pometians' decision to stand up to the Romans. In addition, describe exactly how Pometia surprises Rome, why it is effective, and what the unintended results are. Finally, discuss what the event depicts for both cities in general.

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