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 do the common people view Caeso Quinctius?

2. What introduces the idea of different classes being allowed to marry?

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

4. What are the Etruscans advanced in?

5. What do the Romans label the class that exhibits wealth and power?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the goal of the Roman military as they begin the war with Veii, and how do they attempt to meet it?

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

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

7. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first three Kings of Rome had different approaches to ruling the city, and as a result, Rome itself experiences many changes in its early stages. Compare and contrast the way that Romulus, Pompilius, and Hostilius choose to rule, the motivations behind their actions, and the effects of them for Rome in general.

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

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.

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