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. Much later, what does Plato encourage the women of Athens to do?

2. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

3. What do the leaders have mixed feelings about, as a result of the slaves' revolt?

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

5. What is Caeso Quinctius's opinion of the consuls?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the five classes set up by Servilius, and how are the patricians described?

3. What are both sides of the intermarriage debate Rome faces?

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

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

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

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

8. What is the goal of the Roman military as they begin the war with Veii, and how do they attempt to meet it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Similar to other accounts of Roman history, prophecies and omens are discussed throughout the book.

1) Which cities or regions are considered to have the most knowledge about prophecies and why?

2) What effect do omens have on Rome in particular, and how do they respond to them?

3) What role do omens play in the political structure of the Republic of Rome?

Be sure to include several examples in your analysis.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the issue of marriage between different classes and the effect it has on Rome.

1) How does the idea of marrying among different classes first become an issue?

2) What are the main arguments used by the supporters of intermarriage?

3) What are the main concerns and objections of those who oppose intermarriage?

4) Which side of the issue is the most convincing and why?

(see the answer keys)

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