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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 threat causes the senate to offer debtors a relief from their debts if they agree to serve in the military?

2. According to Cloelia, what does gender influence?

3. How many days are taken to contemplate the origin of the lights in the sky that are seen after a military campaign?

4. Who is the elderly man that brought the issue of debt to the forefront?

5. What result does the death of King Romulus have on Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the Laws of the Ten Tables are established?

2. Why does the city of Ardea respond positively to Rome's new outlook?

3. What happens between two allies of Rome, and how does the city become involved?

4. What is the main problem the decemvirs are having and why?

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

6. How long does the pestilence and illness last, and what effect does it have on Rome?

7. What is the "solution" that Rome gives its allies, and how is the decision perceived by the people?

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

9. What happens to Cloelia and why is her story inspirational to the Romans?

10. How do the slaves revolt, what is the senate's response, and how is the problem resolved?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the way the decemvirs seize control of Rome. How are the Romans vulnerable to the decemvirs' takeover? Why are they unaware of their vulnerability? How do the senators respond to the takeover and why? What challenges do the decemvirs encounter and in what ways are they not prepared to meet them? How do the main problems of the decemvirs lead to their downfall? What are the political and cultural results of their removal for the people of Rome? Which lessons do the Romans learn from the situation?

Essay Topic 2

How and why do the slaves attempt to revolt against the government? Explain the methods they use and how the timing of their planned revolt is significant. Also, describe the way the government deals with the slaves and how the revolt is stopped.

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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