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 long were the Volscians an enemy of Rome?

2. How many Tables are there in the Laws that the Romans propose?

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

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

5. Who does Postumius have trouble cooperating with in the military?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

5. What are the decemvirs?

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

7. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the possible motivations behind the Pometians' decision to stand up to the Romans. In addition, describe exactly how Pometia surprises Rome, why it is effective, and what the unintended results are. Finally, discuss what the event depicts for both cities in general.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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