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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. How many generations pass between the pre-history of Rome and the recorded history?
2. Why are most of the politicians in Rome oligarchs?
3. What Latin city does Rome conquer in order to further increase its population?
4. How long does the creation and establishment of Rome take?
5. In the original book, how many chapter breaks are there in The Republic?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Rome respond to outside regions in the beginning of its existence?
2. How does the political system of the oligarchs differ from the original ruling style of the Kings?
3. What are the two different stories about the origin of Romulus and Remus?
4. What is the new group of pacifists called, and where do they settle?
5. How does the war between the creditors and the debtors begin?
6. How do the senators initially respond to the ensuing credit war, and why does this strategy backfire on them?
7. What is Livy's theory of human nature, and how does it relate to Rome?
8. What happens after the war with the Aequians, and how do the Romans respond?
9. What happens to Cloelia and why is her story inspirational to the Romans?
10. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?
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
Similar to other accounts of Roman history, prophecies and omens are discussed throughout the book.
1) Which cities or regions are considered to have the most knowledge about prophecies and why?
2) What effect do omens have on Rome in particular, and how do they respond to them?
3) What role do omens play in the political structure of the Republic of Rome?
Be sure to include several examples in your analysis.
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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