The Early History of Rome: Books I-V Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Who does Tarquin recruit to assist him in the effort to regain Rome after he is banished?

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

3. How are the Sabine people described in the book?

4. What does the great Roman warrior, Valerius, do once he enters politics?

5. What is the slave given for his role in preventing the conspiracy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

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

8. What is the government's proposal to the debtors, and why does it work only one time?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Livy is the author and historian that brings the earliest days of Rome to life for generations.

1) Describe Tivius Livy's life and why it is relevant to the way he approaches writing The Early History of Rome.

2) Explain what Livy's intentions are with the book as he states in the beginning of the first section.

3) Analyze the tone of the book and how it illustrates the consistency of Livy's intentions.

Essay Topic 2

Rome is taken over by Gaul for a variety of reasons, and the Romans are forced to make an important decision.

1) Describe the state of Rome when Gaul attacks and how it contributes to the result of the attacks.

2) Explain who Camillus is and why he has an important part in the war as well as the decision to remain in Rome after it is over.

3) Discuss the events that take place after the war, including how the women are instrumental in giving Rome a second chance, the way they are rewarded for it, and the magnitude of the decision that the Romans are left with.

4) Explain the omen that occurs and how it causes the people to stay in Rome. Also, describe the way the city is rebuilt and what the possible future for the Republic of Rome is.

Essay Topic 3

Similar to other accounts of Roman history, prophecies and omens are discussed throughout the book.

1) Which cities or regions are considered to have the most knowledge about prophecies and why?

2) What effect do omens have on Rome in particular, and how do they respond to them?

3) What role do omens play in the political structure of the Republic of Rome?

Be sure to include several examples in your analysis.

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