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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. Why are most of the politicians in Rome oligarchs?

3. What planet's name is given to the temple to a deity?

4. How long does the creation and establishment of Rome take?

5. What is a difficulty that the author encounters while writing about the history of Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Camillus, and how is his quest to Delphi interrupted?

2. How does Gaul gain a victory over Rome, what does Camillus do to retaliate, and how do the women of the city contribute to the war?

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

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

6. How does Tarquin die, and what effect does it have on the Republic of Rome?

7. What does Postumius do to cause his soldiers to turn against him, and what is the controversy surrounding his death?

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 threat do the decemvirs face, and how do they initially attempt to deal with it?

10. How long does Romulus rule, and what type of leadership does Pompilius provide?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the events leading up to Rome's decision to take the land away from two of their allies. How do both allies wage the war with each other, and what state are they in when they approach Rome for assistance? What is Rome's position supposed to be in resolving their conflict? How does a third party complicate things? What factors contribute to Rome's decision? How is it received by the people and why?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the events surrounding Postumius's death. Which of Postumius's actions are the most offensive and why? Explain how he angers the other soldiers to the point where they take action. Also, include how he dies, the controversy around the trials of the soldiers, and whether or not you think it is a case of justice or murder.

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