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 does Claudius encourage Rome to consider in a lengthy speech?

2. What types of questions warranted the Etruscans' knowledge?

3. What causes the Volscians to aid a Roman party?

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

5. What happens when the allies arrive in Rome at the end of Rome and the Patricians?

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

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

5. What innovation is described at the end of War & Politics pertaining to the military and how it is compensated?

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

7. What happens after the Laws of the Ten Tables are established?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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