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 do the people do when creditors attempt to collect repayment in the courts?

2. What causes Servilius and Appius to become unpopular with the Romans?

3. What is a difficulty that the author encounters while writing about the history of Rome?

4. What is the slave given for his role in preventing the conspiracy?

5. What does Pompilius primarily focus on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the new group of pacifists called, and where do they settle?

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

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

4. What happens under a two consul system that changes the traditional way military leaders fight with their men?

5. How is Hostilius different than Romulus and Pompilius?

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

7. How is Romulus regarded as a leader, and what things does he have to do in order to build Rome?

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

9. What role do the women have in the beginning 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

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 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

How and why do the slaves attempt to revolt against the government? Explain the methods they use and how the timing of their planned revolt is significant. Also, describe the way the government deals with the slaves and how the revolt is stopped.

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