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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 the slave given for his role in preventing the conspiracy?

2. How are the Sabine people described in the book?

3. What does Romulus become known as?

4. After the disgrace Tarquin, his wife, and his son have brought to Rome, how many consuls do the Romans decide to elect to replace the kingship?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the five classes set up by Servilius, and how are the patricians described?

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

4. What do the introductory sections of the book cover and what is the overall intent of Livy?

5. Why do the Etruscans refuse to help Veii in its conquest of Rome?

6. What do the Volscians surprisingly do that redefines their relationship with Rome?

7. How is a slave given citizenship, according to the story told in Rome as a Republic?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Livy is the author and historian that brings the earliest days of Rome to life for generations.

1) Describe Tivius Livy's life and why it is relevant to the way he approaches writing The Early History of Rome.

2) Explain what Livy's intentions are with the book as he states in the beginning of the first section.

3) Analyze the tone of the book and how it illustrates the consistency of Livy's intentions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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