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 the conspiracy that is mentioned at the end of the first section in War & Politics?

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

3. What is considered a shortcoming that the advocates of intermarriage want to overcome?

4. Why are slaves not considered part of the plebian class?

5. How long do the Romans evacuate the city because of the pestilence and illness?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the city of Ardea respond positively to Rome's new outlook?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 first three Kings of Rome had different approaches to ruling the city, and as a result, Rome itself experiences many changes in its early stages. Compare and contrast the way that Romulus, Pompilius, and Hostilius choose to rule, the motivations behind their actions, and the effects of them for Rome in general.

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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