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. How do the surrounding political locations feel about Rome when it is first being created?

2. What does Servius institute while serving as the King of Rome?

3. How is the problem of debt described?

4. How many tribes does Rome have at this point in their history in the second part of The Republic?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens after the war with the Aequians, and how do the Romans respond?

2. How is Romulus regarded as a leader, and what things does he have to do in order to build Rome?

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

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

5. What is the government's proposal to the debtors, and why does it work only one time?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first three Kings of Rome had different approaches to ruling the city, and as a result, Rome itself experiences many changes in its early stages. Compare and contrast the way that Romulus, Pompilius, and Hostilius choose to rule, the motivations behind their actions, and the effects of them for Rome in general.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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