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 made to honor Cloelia's bravery?

2. Why are most of the politicians in Rome oligarchs?

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

4. How long does the creation and establishment of Rome take?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Camillus, and how is his quest to Delphi interrupted?

2. How does Gaul gain a victory over Rome, what does Camillus do to retaliate, and how do the women of the city contribute to the war?

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

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

5. What happens between two allies of Rome, and how does the city become involved?

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

7. What does Postumius do to cause his soldiers to turn against him, and what is the controversy surrounding his death?

8. 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?

9. What threat do the decemvirs face, and how do they initially attempt to deal with it?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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