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 decision does Rome make at the end of Rome and the Patricians?

2. Why are women and children not considered part of the plebian class?

3. How have the allies been fighting their war until they seek a mediator for it?

4. What are the Etruscans advanced in?

5. What is the reason for the dispute of Rome's allies?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

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

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

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

7. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

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

10. What does Postumius do to cause his soldiers to turn against him, and what is the controversy surrounding his death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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