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 is the reason given for why parents are eventually allowed to move into Rome?

2. What are the women asked to disregard pertaining to the men they found themselves with at the start of Rome?

3. Who does the slave turn the information of the conspiracy over to?

4. In the original book, how many chapter breaks are there in The Republic?

5. How many tribes does Rome have at this point in their history in the second part of The Republic?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

4. What are the two different stories about the origin of Romulus and Remus?

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

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

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

8. How does Rome respond to outside regions in the beginning of its existence?

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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