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

2. How are the Volscians described in the second part of War & Politics?

3. How many years after the Estrucans and the Sabines fought Rome do the Volscians and the Aequins also position themselves against the city?

4. What are the decemvirs mainly unable to manage?

5. How is the civil strife in Rome managed?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

5. What threat do the decemvirs face, and how do they initially attempt to deal with it?

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

7. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Romulus is credited as the Founder of Rome and his life is a major part of the first section of the book.

1) Describe the two different theories of Romulus and Remus, and explain which one you think is the most likely.

2) Explain how Romulus becomes the first King of Rome, how he builds the city, and the significance in the way it is originally defended.

3) Describe how Romulus is remembered and why the Romans responded to his death that way.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the original way that leaders handled the responsibility of leading their troops into battle. Then, compare that traditional approach with the gradual change throughout the course of Rome's early history, including what events influence the change, how it affects the safety of Rome, and the attempts made to correct it along with their results.

Essay Topic 3

How and why do the slaves attempt to revolt against the government? Explain the methods they use and how the timing of their planned revolt is significant. Also, describe the way the government deals with the slaves and how the revolt is stopped.

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