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 slave given for his role in preventing the conspiracy?

2. What do the Romans do as a way to deal with the debt problem once it becomes more intense?

3. What do some of the creditors do to make the situation worse?

4. What does the great Roman warrior, Valerius, do once he enters politics?

5. According to Livy, how much of a difference was there between the rich and the poor early in Rome's history?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the war between the creditors and the debtors begin?

4. What two noteworthy things does Servius do while he serves as the King of Rome?

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

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

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

8. What role do the women have in the beginning of Rome?

9. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the events leading up to Rome's decision to take the land away from two of their allies. How do both allies wage the war with each other, and what state are they in when they approach Rome for assistance? What is Rome's position supposed to be in resolving their conflict? How does a third party complicate things? What factors contribute to Rome's decision? How is it received by the people and why?

Essay Topic 2

Similar to other accounts of Roman history, prophecies and omens are discussed throughout the book.

1) Which cities or regions are considered to have the most knowledge about prophecies and why?

2) What effect do omens have on Rome in particular, and how do they respond to them?

3) What role do omens play in the political structure of the Republic of Rome?

Be sure to include several examples in your analysis.

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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