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. Where do the Romans adopt their religion from?

2. How is the problem of debt described?

3. What is Circus Maximus?

4. How does the slave described in the beginning of Rome's new consul learn of the conspirators' plans?

5. What does Romulus become known as?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What happens after the war with the Aequians, and how do the Romans respond?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Tarquin gain power, and who is recognized in removing it from him?

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

Describe the original way that leaders handled the responsibility of leading their troops into battle. Then, compare that traditional approach with the gradual change throughout the course of Rome's early history, including what events influence the change, how it affects the safety of Rome, and the attempts made to correct it along with their results.

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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