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 is Romulus thought of as a leader?

2. What do the Volscians continue to be for Rome during the time of two consuls?

3. What do some of the creditors do to make the situation worse?

4. What Latin city does Rome conquer in order to further increase its population?

5. How many generations pass between the pre-history of Rome and the recorded history?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What problems does King Ancus face, and how does he deal with them?

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

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

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

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

8. How does the plague weaken Rome, and what brings them back from possible defeat?

9. What are the two different stories about the origin of Romulus and Remus?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast both classes, the patricians and the plebians. Include which people make up the two classes, who is excluded from them, and why. Also, analyze the role of each class specifically and if you think that both are needed to provide a balance to the Republic. Use the book as a reference to provide examples of people who represent each class in your explanations.

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 Laws of the Ten Tables are introduced to the people of Rome in a historical way.

1) Describe the Laws of the Ten Tables in detail and how they are approved.

2) Explain the historical significance of the concept behind having a set of laws to follow, including other examples of how the idea is used.

3) Analyze the results of the Laws and the overall effect they have on Rome.

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