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. What is it about Postumia that offends some people?

2. What do the allies hope Rome will provide for them in their dispute?

3. What season do the Romans choose to launch a siege against Veii?

4. How many men with axes govern over the people of Rome as Chapter 2 of Rome and the Patricians ends?

5. What is used to support the advocates of intermarriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do the plebians include, and how are they described?

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

3. What cause does Plato think women should eventually take up and why?

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

5. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

7. Who is Postumia and why do people object to her?

8. What is Veii now considered to the Romans, and how does Rome plan on dealing with the situation?

9. Who is Appius Claudius, and what does he point out about the state of Rome?

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

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

Describe the story of Cloelia in detail and explain why she is honored. Also, analyze the way her actions can be applied to current times and the broader lessons that can be interpreted from them.

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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