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 Postumia described?

2. What does Claudius encourage Rome to consider in a lengthy speech?

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

4. What is the state of the allies when they approach Rome for mediation?

5. According to Claudius, what is the real trouble in Rome?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How do the slaves revolt, what is the senate's response, and how is the problem resolved?

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

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

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

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

9. What are the Etruscans known for, and why is their advice sought?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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