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 is the civil strife in Rome managed?

2. What do the leaders have mixed feelings about, as a result of the slaves' revolt?

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

4. How many classes were originally listed by Servilius?

5. Once established, which part of the government has the most ties to the plebian class?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "solution" that Rome gives its allies, and how is the decision perceived by the people?

2. What happens between two allies of Rome, and how does the city become involved?

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

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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