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 type of republic do the Romans choose their form of government over?

2. What planet's name is given to the temple to a deity?

3. How does Hostilius consider Pompilius's culture to be?

4. What is made to honor Cloelia's bravery?

5. Who does Quinctius lead the military against?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does Rome respond to outside regions in the beginning of its existence?

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

5. How are the debtors made to pay for their debt, and what do the creditors do to take advantage of them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Describe the events surrounding Postumius's death. Which of Postumius's actions are the most offensive and why? Explain how he angers the other soldiers to the point where they take action. Also, include how he dies, the controversy around the trials of the soldiers, and whether or not you think it is a case of justice or murder.

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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