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

2. Which one of the following best describes the state of the Roman Republic during the time described in Chapter 2 of Rome and the Patricians?

3. What does Rome's decision in Chapter 3 of Rome and the Patricians illustrate?

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

5. What is the role of the tribunes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the Laws of the Ten Tables?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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