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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. According to Livy, how much of a difference was there between the rich and the poor early in Rome's history?

2. What year does the book, Patricians at Bay begin?

3. How common is the interaction between human and divine beings in Ancient Rome, according to Livy?

4. What never changes, according to the opening of The Patricians at Bay?

5. What does the author tell the reader he is writing about in the first Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the war between the Romans and the Aequians waged?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. What two noteworthy things does Servius do while he serves as the King of Rome?

10. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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 Livy's theory on human nature. How does he present it, and what is the significance of the place in the book he chooses to introduce it? What is the relevance between the theory and The Early History of Rome? Also, describe examples of how human nature either changes or does not change, both in early Rome and throughout other time periods, and analyze whether or not you agree with Livy.

Essay Topic 3

The battle between Rome and the Albans causes two very different reactions from the Romans.

1) Describe the battle, how it is arranged, and the way Rome defeats the Albans.

2) Analyze Horatius's actions after the battle, including the possible reasons for them, and how the Romans respond.

3) Explain whether or not you agree with the decision to spare Horatius the death penalty and why.

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