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 made to honor Cloelia's bravery?

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

3. How is the problem of debt described?

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

5. How many generations pass between the pre-history of Rome and the recorded history?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How do the senators initially respond to the ensuing credit war, and why does this strategy backfire on them?

6. How does Tarquin gain power, and who is recognized in removing it from him?

7. What is interesting about the Roman religion and where was it adopted from?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Livy is the author and historian that brings the earliest days of Rome to life for generations.

1) Describe Tivius Livy's life and why it is relevant to the way he approaches writing The Early History of Rome.

2) Explain what Livy's intentions are with the book as he states in the beginning of the first section.

3) Analyze the tone of the book and how it illustrates the consistency of Livy's intentions.

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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