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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 is the elderly man that brought the issue of debt to the forefront?

2. How does Rome use the Dictatorship during The Republic?

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

4. What does Pompilius primarily focus on?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

6. What role do the women have in the beginning of Rome?

7. 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?

8. How does the political system of the oligarchs differ from the original ruling style of the Kings?

9. How do the Romans and the Albans agree to settle their war and what is the result?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast both classes, the patricians and the plebians. Include which people make up the two classes, who is excluded from them, and why. Also, analyze the role of each class specifically and if you think that both are needed to provide a balance to the Republic. Use the book as a reference to provide examples of people who represent each class in your explanations.

Essay Topic 2

The battle between Rome and the Albans causes two very different reactions from the Romans.

1) Describe the battle, how it is arranged, and the way Rome defeats the Albans.

2) Analyze Horatius's actions after the battle, including the possible reasons for them, and how the Romans respond.

3) Explain whether or not you agree with the decision to spare Horatius the death penalty and why.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the issue of marriage between different classes and the effect it has on Rome.

1) How does the idea of marrying among different classes first become an issue?

2) What are the main arguments used by the supporters of intermarriage?

3) What are the main concerns and objections of those who oppose intermarriage?

4) Which side of the issue is the most convincing and why?

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