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 does the author tell the reader he is writing about in the first Introduction?

2. What does Brutus demand for the protection of the Roman government?

3. In the Romans' victory over the Albans, how many total combatant deaths are there?

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

5. Which sign do Romulus and Remus become the symbol for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. How do the senators initially respond to the ensuing credit war, and why does this strategy backfire on them?

10. How does Tarquin attempt to regain power, and what prevents him from succeeding?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 changes that the Republic goes through during The Early History of Rome, from the Kings to the three part political system that it eventually adopts. Include the major differences between each system, which people objected to them, and how. Also, explain the roles of each part of the government (consuls, senate, tribunes) and how those roles either changed or remained the same over time.

Essay Topic 3

The Laws of the Ten Tables are introduced to the people of Rome in a historical way.

1) Describe the Laws of the Ten Tables in detail and how they are approved.

2) Explain the historical significance of the concept behind having a set of laws to follow, including other examples of how the idea is used.

3) Analyze the results of the Laws and the overall effect they have on Rome.

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