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 state of politics in Chapter 3 of Rome and the Patricians?

2. How is Rome's decision at the end of Rome and the Patricians received?

3. What part of Livy's tone is consistent throughout the book?

4. Which one of the following best describes the state of the Roman Republic during the time described in Chapter 2 of Rome and the Patricians?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the political structure of the Republic described at the end of the first part of War & Politics?

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

4. What are the decemvirs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Laws of the Ten Tables are introduced to the people of Rome in a historical way.

1) Describe the Laws of the Ten Tables in detail and how they are approved.

2) Explain the historical significance of the concept behind having a set of laws to follow, including other examples of how the idea is used.

3) Analyze the results of the Laws and the overall effect they have on Rome.

Essay Topic 2

Explain Livy's theory on human nature. How does he present it, and what is the significance of the place in the book he chooses to introduce it? What is the relevance between the theory and The Early History of Rome? Also, describe examples of how human nature either changes or does not change, both in early Rome and throughout other time periods, and analyze whether or not you agree with Livy.

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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