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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. In the Romans' victory over the Albans, how many total combatant deaths are there?

2. What serious problem do the Romans turn to religion for help with?

3. What type of republic do the Romans choose their form of government over?

4. How was the support of the people viewed by the Kings of early Rome?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

6. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Laws of the Ten Tables are introduced to the people of Rome in a historical way.

1) Describe the Laws of the Ten Tables in detail and how they are approved.

2) Explain the historical significance of the concept behind having a set of laws to follow, including other examples of how the idea is used.

3) Analyze the results of the Laws and the overall effect they have on Rome.

Essay Topic 3

Romulus is credited as the Founder of Rome and his life is a major part of the first section of the book.

1) Describe the two different theories of Romulus and Remus, and explain which one you think is the most likely.

2) Explain how Romulus becomes the first King of Rome, how he builds the city, and the significance in the way it is originally defended.

3) Describe how Romulus is remembered and why the Romans responded to his death that way.

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