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. What is the perception of Rome while Pompilius presides there?

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

3. Which relative of Hostilius set the precedent for the meaning of the word "hostile?"

4. What is the reason given for why parents are eventually allowed to move into Rome?

5. What does the author tell the reader he is writing about in the first Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

6. 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?

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

8. How do the Romans and the Albans agree to settle their war and what is the result?

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

10. How does Tarquin attempt to regain power, and what prevents him from succeeding?

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 the possible motivations behind the Pometians' decision to stand up to the Romans. In addition, describe exactly how Pometia surprises Rome, why it is effective, and what the unintended results are. Finally, discuss what the event depicts for both cities in general.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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