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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was there little of in Carthage?
(a) Weapons.
(b) Money.
(c) Patience.
(d) Class conflict.

2. Who was Scipio Aemilianus?
(a) The cousin of the one of the Roman consul in the Cannae battle.
(b) The grandson 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.

3. How long did those who serve in the infantry have to enlist for?
(a) 6.
(b) 16.
(c) 19.
(d) 23.

4. What was the area where Rome was not contradicting itself?
(a) Politics.
(b) Education.
(c) Economy.
(d) Warfare.

5. What did ancient historians believe strongly in?
(a) Their libraries.
(b) Their emperor.
(c) Their war.
(d) Their writing skills.

6. Why was Hannibal's plan so risky?
(a) He had no reserve troops.
(b) He would not have been able to resupply in food.
(c) His troops were vastly outnumbered.
(d) He had nowhere to run.

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

8. Why did ancient historians make their work entertaining and dramatic?
(a) To be used a a recruiting tool.
(b) To children could read it.
(c) So it was interesting for school children.
(d) So it could be shared with illiterates.

9. When was Polybius brought to Rome?
(a) 147 B.C.
(b) 177 B.C.
(c) 167 B.C.
(d) 157 B.C.

10. When was Hannibal in Carthage last?
(a) When he was 15.
(b) When he was 19.
(c) When he was 9.
(d) When he was 5.

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

12. Where was Polybius of Megalopolis at the start of Chapter 1?
(a) Crossing the German Alps.
(b) Crossing the FrenchAlps.
(c) Crossing the Italian Alps.
(d) Crossing the Swiss Alps.

13. What were Carthaginians using in battle?
(a) Bulls.
(b) Elephants.
(c) Camels.
(d) Chariots.

14. What was the first sign of an invasion at Cannae according to Chapter 2?
(a) Food supplies arriving 24 hours before the Roman main army.
(b) Advanced scouts.
(c) A dust cloud.
(d) Music.

15. What was the problem with basic Roman tactics at Cannae?
(a) The tactic required no river.
(b) The tactic required space which Cannae was short on.
(c) The tactic required more cavalery.
(d) The tactic required Hannibal to have his army stand still for a few minutes.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Carthage usually deal with military problems that arose?

2. How did Carthage deal with failure?

3. How many books did Titus Livius write?

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

5. What was Polybius of Megalopolis' goal?

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