The Early History of Rome: Books I-V Test | Final 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 is the civil strife in Rome managed?

2. How have the allies been fighting their war until they seek a mediator for it?

3. Who does Postumius have trouble cooperating with in the military?

4. What is the innovation talked about at the end of War & Politics?

5. How are the people of Ardea affected by Rome's new outlook?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "solution" that Rome gives its allies, and how is the decision perceived by the people?

2. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

4. How long does the pestilence and illness last, and what effect does it have on Rome?

5. Who is Quinctius, and what debate is he positioned in the middle of?

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

7. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

8. What is the main problem the decemvirs are having and why?

9. What are the decemvirs?

10. What do the Volscians surprisingly do that redefines their relationship with Rome?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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