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 does Hostilius consider Pompilius's culture to be?

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

3. As Part 2 of The Republic begins, what is a main focus of Rome's culture?

4. What level of involvement do the leaders have in the war that featured debtors who agreed to fight in exchange for their debt being resolved?

5. How does Livy describe Tarquin's rule over Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. How long does the pestilence and illness last, and what effect does it have on Rome?

2. What is Veii now considered to the Romans, and how does Rome plan on dealing with the situation?

3. How do the senators initially respond to the ensuing credit war, and why does this strategy backfire on them?

4. What is the "solution" that Rome gives its allies, and how is the decision perceived by the people?

5. Who is Postumia and why do people object to her?

6. What innovation is described at the end of War & Politics pertaining to the military and how it is compensated?

7. What do the senators do when the decemvirs take over?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Describe the story of Cloelia in detail and explain why she is honored. Also, analyze the way her actions can be applied to current times and the broader lessons that can be interpreted from them.

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