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 unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

2. Why are slaves not considered part of the plebian class?

3. How many men with axes govern over the people of Rome as Chapter 2 of Rome and the Patricians ends?

4. Much later, what does Plato encourage the women of Athens to do?

5. What does Claudius encourage Rome to consider in a lengthy speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Appius Claudius, and what does he point out about the state of Rome?

5. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

6. What are both sides of the intermarriage debate Rome faces?

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

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

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

10. Why does the city of Ardea respond positively to Rome's new outlook?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the changes that the Republic goes through during The Early History of Rome, from the Kings to the three part political system that it eventually adopts. Include the major differences between each system, which people objected to them, and how. Also, explain the roles of each part of the government (consuls, senate, tribunes) and how those roles either changed or remained the same over time.

Essay Topic 2

Similar to other accounts of Roman history, prophecies and omens are discussed throughout the book.

1) Which cities or regions are considered to have the most knowledge about prophecies and why?

2) What effect do omens have on Rome in particular, and how do they respond to them?

3) What role do omens play in the political structure of the Republic of Rome?

Be sure to include several examples in your analysis.

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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