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. What does the author tell the reader he is writing about in the first Introduction?

2. What does Ancus do to solve the increasing crime problem Rome faces?

3. What year does the book, Patricians at Bay begin?

4. According to Livy, how much of a difference was there between the rich and the poor early in Rome's history?

5. What never changes, according to the opening of The Patricians at Bay?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How long does Romulus rule, and what type of leadership does Pompilius provide?

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

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

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

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

The first three Kings of Rome had different approaches to ruling the city, and as a result, Rome itself experiences many changes in its early stages. Compare and contrast the way that Romulus, Pompilius, and Hostilius choose to rule, the motivations behind their actions, and the effects of them for Rome in general.

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

Describe the changes that the Republic goes through during The Early History of Rome, from the Kings to the three part political system that it eventually adopts. Include the major differences between each system, which people objected to them, and how. Also, explain the roles of each part of the government (consuls, senate, tribunes) and how those roles either changed or remained the same over time.

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