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

2. What is the real problem the decemvirs have?

3. What do the leaders have mixed feelings about, as a result of the slaves' revolt?

4. What do the opponents of intermarriage fear?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unique about Lucius Tarquitius?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What innovation is described at the end of War & Politics pertaining to the military and how it is compensated?

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

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

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

Livy is the author and historian that brings the earliest days of Rome to life for generations.

1) Describe Tivius Livy's life and why it is relevant to the way he approaches writing The Early History of Rome.

2) Explain what Livy's intentions are with the book as he states in the beginning of the first section.

3) Analyze the tone of the book and how it illustrates the consistency of Livy's intentions.

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

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.

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