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

2. What types of questions warranted the Etruscans' knowledge?

3. What year does the section War & Politics begin?

4. How many years after the Estrucans and the Sabines fought Rome do the Volscians and the Aequins also position themselves against the city?

5. How is Postumia described?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explain the issue of marriage between different classes and the effect it has on Rome.

1) How does the idea of marrying among different classes first become an issue?

2) What are the main arguments used by the supporters of intermarriage?

3) What are the main concerns and objections of those who oppose intermarriage?

4) Which side of the issue is the most convincing and why?

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