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Robert L. O'Connell
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How long did those who serve in the cavalry have to enlist for?
(a) 10 years.
(b) 15 years.
(c) 23 years.
(d) 20 years.

2. What was the common Roman tactic to overpower their enemies?
(a) Wait for the cavalery to break the rank and them attack with swords.
(b) Knocked them on the ground with their shield and killed them with their sword.
(c) Charged sword first.
(d) Encircle them quickly and charge toward the inside to kill them all.

3. What were gladiators originally meant for?
(a) As a way to settle disputes.
(b) Entertainment.
(c) Close combat training.
(d) As a way to kill Christians.

4. How many soldiers fought at Cannae?
(a) 120,000.
(b) 150,000.
(c) 20,000.
(d) 110,000.

5. How many Romans died at Cannae?
(a) 38,000.
(b) 48,000.
(c) 148,000.
(d) 58,000.

6. How did Carthaginians in the military rise in rank?
(a) During games.
(b) By being elected by soldiers.
(c) Using wealth and prestige.
(d) Using their skills.

7. What did nations consider Carthaginians to be?
(a) Good merchants.
(b) Too political.
(c) Gentle and intellectual.
(d) Immoral and barbaric.

8. What differentiated Romans and Greeks as far as religion?
(a) Romans had better name for their gods.
(b) Romans were more pious.
(c) Romans did not make human sacrifice.
(d) Romans were praying during battle.

9. How much food did Hannibal's army have before the Battle of Cannae?
(a) 3 days worth.
(b) 20 days worth.
(c) 30 days worth.
(d) 10 days worth.

10. How many of Titus Livius's surviving books are about Cannae?
(a) 9.
(b) 10.
(c) 7.
(d) 2.

11. Who was Scipio Aemilianus?
(a) The grandson of the one of the Roman consul in the Cannae battle.
(b) The cousin of the one of the Roman consul in the Cannae battle.
(c) The brother of the one of the Roman consul in the Cannae battle.
(d) The son of the one of the Roman consul in the Cannae battle.

12. When was Carthage settled?
(a) 814 B.C.
(b) 914 B.C.
(c) 714 B.C.
(d) 614 B.C.

13. What did the tablet Polybius studied tell the story of?
(a) The story of a slave fighting for the Romans.
(b) The chronicle of a Roman prisoner.
(c) Hannibal's early life.
(d) Hannibals's achievement in Italy.

14. How long did those who serve in the military have to enlist for in periods of great danger?
(a) 20 years.
(b) 15 years.
(c) 25 years.
(d) 30 years.

15. What does Robert O'Connell describe the Punic War to?
(a) Napoleonic wars.
(b) WWI and WWII.
(c) The Rose Wars.
(d) The French Revolution.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did ancient historians believe strongly in?

2. When was Hannibal in Carthage last?

3. When did the battle of Cannae take place?

4. How many assembled bodies governed Rome?

5. What did Hannibal likely not understand as he rose against Rome?

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