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 introduces the idea of different classes being allowed to marry?

2. How many men with axes govern over the people of Rome as Chapter 2 of Rome and the Patricians ends?

3. Where do the senators go as the decemvirs take control of Rome?

4. What is the general tone of the author's style?

5. How do the senators feel about the practices of the decemvirs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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.

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