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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. What did Hannibal likely not understand as he rose against Rome?
(a) Thie weapons.
(b) Their numbers and strength.
(c) Their resolve.
(d) Their faith.

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

3. How was Carthage's reputation with other nations?
(a) As a thief nation.
(b) Not very good.
(c) As an enlightened nation.
(d) As a fanatic nation.

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

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

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

7. How long after the battle did the survivors of the battle live by their oath?
(a) 35 years.
(b) 15 years.
(c) 20 years.
(d) 30 years.

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

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

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

11. How long after Hannibals's invasion of Italy does Chapter 1 start?
(a) 53 years.
(b) 43 years.
(c) 63 years.
(d) 73 years.

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

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

14. How much of the Roman senate was in the army going to Cannae?
(a) All of it.
(b) A quarter to a third.
(c) Half.
(d) None.

15. How many assembled bodies governed Rome?
(a) 9.
(b) 5.
(c) 3.
(d) 4.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many books did Titus Livius write?

2. How many Roman ships were destroyed by a storm according to Polybius?

3. Who settled Carthage?

4. What did Carthage focus on?

5. What did the tablet Polybius studied tell the story of?

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