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. How does Rome use the Dictatorship during The Republic?

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

3. Who does Quinctius lead the military against?

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

5. How many tribes does Rome have at this point in their history in the second part of The Republic?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What are the decemvirs?

4. What is the important decision Rome faces at the end of the book and how do they make it?

5. What do the senators do when the decemvirs take over?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the possible motivations behind the Pometians' decision to stand up to the Romans. In addition, describe exactly how Pometia surprises Rome, why it is effective, and what the unintended results are. Finally, discuss what the event depicts for both cities in general.

Essay Topic 3

The battle between Rome and the Albans causes two very different reactions from the Romans.

1) Describe the battle, how it is arranged, and the way Rome defeats the Albans.

2) Analyze Horatius's actions after the battle, including the possible reasons for them, and how the Romans respond.

3) Explain whether or not you agree with the decision to spare Horatius the death penalty and why.

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