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 it about Postumia that offends some people?

2. What role do the decemvirs have in the Republic at the start of the fourth book?

3. How do the decemvirs respond to outside enemies?

4. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens to the five classes set up by Servilius, and how are the patricians described?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe the events surrounding Postumius's death. Which of Postumius's actions are the most offensive and why? Explain how he angers the other soldiers to the point where they take action. Also, include how he dies, the controversy around the trials of the soldiers, and whether or not you think it is a case of justice or murder.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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