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 Caeso Quinctius's opinion of the consuls?

2. What threat does the revolt of the slaves cause Rome to face?

3. How many simultaneous campaigns do the Romans attempt to have enough troops to serve in?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What threat do the decemvirs face, and how do they initially attempt to deal with it?

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

5. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

6. What are the decemvirs?

7. Who is Postumia and why do people object to her?

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

9. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

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 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

The battle between Rome and the Albans causes two very different reactions from the Romans.

1) Describe the battle, how it is arranged, and the way Rome defeats the Albans.

2) Analyze Horatius's actions after the battle, including the possible reasons for them, and how the Romans respond.

3) Explain whether or not you agree with the decision to spare Horatius the death penalty and why.

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