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Robert L. O'Connell
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How did Hannibal know of the Roman army according to "Carthage"?
(a) He heard from merchants.
(b) He had spies.
(c) He heard the marching band.
(d) He saw the column of dust.

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

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

5. What did the Roman do when they liked something?
(a) They copied it.
(b) They bought it.
(c) They destroyed it.
(d) They called it Roman.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was Scipio Aemilianus?

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

3. How long did those who serve in the cavalry have to enlist for?

4. How long did those who serve in the military have to enlist for in periods of great danger?

5. What does Robert O'Connell describe the Punic War to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gave Polybius access to research material?

2. What were young men trained to do even before entering the military?

3. What did Polybius examine when he hiked through the Alps?

4. What did Aristotle say about the Carthaginian government?

5. What did Romans discover they needed to learn?

6. Who was Fabius Pictor?

7. What biases came through in Polybius' writings?

8. What were the three assembled bodies?

9. Why did O'Connell address the history of gladiators?

10. What important survivor remained after the Battle at Cannae according to Chapter 1?

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