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

2. What kinds of rights are the women promised when Rome is first beginning?

3. What do the people do when creditors attempt to collect repayment in the courts?

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

5. How does Romulus urge the men to treat the women as Rome is beginning to build its population?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. What is the new group of pacifists called, and where do they settle?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the possible motivations behind the Pometians' decision to stand up to the Romans. In addition, describe exactly how Pometia surprises Rome, why it is effective, and what the unintended results are. Finally, discuss what the event depicts for both cities in general.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the events surrounding Postumius's death. Which of Postumius's actions are the most offensive and why? Explain how he angers the other soldiers to the point where they take action. Also, include how he dies, the controversy around the trials of the soldiers, and whether or not you think it is a case of justice or murder.

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