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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

Servius' time as King is eventful in many ways, including how his reign ends.

1) Chronicle the policies that Servius is responsible for and their effect on Rome.

2) Describe in detail the plan to take the throne from Servius by his relatives.

3) Explain how Tarquin rules over Rome, providing examples from the book of his actions.

4) Describe Sextus's role in Gabii and how his actions ignite the effort to remove Tarquin and eliminate the idea of a monarchy.

Essay Topic 2

Chronicle the war between the creditors and the debtors, including the following:

1) How the dispute begins, what brings it to the forefront of Roman politics, and the way it intensifies.

2) What steps the senators take to initially deal with the problems and how the people respond to their actions.

3) The ways that creditors exploit the debtors and the proposal the government makes to the debtors as well as the reasons behind it.

4) The war with the Volscians and its impact on the war between the creditors and the debtors.

5) Why and how the debtors eventually take matters into their own hands and whether or not you agree with their actions.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the way the decemvirs seize control of Rome. How are the Romans vulnerable to the decemvirs' takeover? Why are they unaware of their vulnerability? How do the senators respond to the takeover and why? What challenges do the decemvirs encounter and in what ways are they not prepared to meet them? How do the main problems of the decemvirs lead to their downfall? What are the political and cultural results of their removal for the people of Rome? Which lessons do the Romans learn from the situation?

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