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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. What does Catiline begins to attract to his side?

2. What does Celer do about Catiline?

3. Where does Petreius first attack Catiline?

4. Why was the early Roman society morally sound?

5. What does Cathegus think is the best way to forward the conspiracy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Catiline's only choice for his army? Who takes over Antonio's army and why? What does he do with the army before they fight?

2. Who does Catiline attract people to his cause and what kind of people does he attract?

3. What did Cicero do when he uncovered Catiline's plans and how did this stymie Cataline's plans?

4. What does Cicero know of Manilos and what does he do about it? What is he told to do about it?

5. What surprises Petreius about Catiline and what is his response?

6. What does Catiline deliver to his men, what do they ask him and what is his response?

7. How does Sallust's disgust for greed relate to what Catiline said he wanted to do?

8. Why was there a public voting for another consul?

9. What does the Senate hear about Manilus and how does it affect Rome?

10. Why did the Romans have to defend their borders and what did they do after they were successful in that?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in The Jugurthine War. Consider the following questions as you write: Which persons are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? Which persons seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of hypocrisy in The Jugurthine War. Which persons seem hypocritical? Why? Which persons seem sincere? Why? Which ones seem not to care about looking good to others? What is the difference between how the two types live?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in The Jugurthine War. Compare and contrast how the people of the Roman era view death to the views of those in 2010. Which is most like your own view of death? Who seems afraid of dying? Not afraid? Who meets death gracefully? In resignation? With joy? With fear?

Essay Topic 2

Sallust binds the theme of acting quickly with a sound political structure. In a dictatorship such of that of Sylla's and the government Catiline is trying to enforce, acting quickly does not work. Democratic leadership, Sallust says, is more apt to have success with quick decisions.

1. Explain why Sallust does not consider a dictatorship a sound political structure. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain the difference and similarities between a dictatorship and a democracy government.

3. What do you think is meant by Sallust binding the theme of acting quickly with a sound political structure.

Essay Topic 3

Bocchus calls a meeting with Maruis, who sends Sylla in his place. Bocchus offers his submission and asks if he can come to Rome to meet with the Senate. Rome grants permission and they decide Bocchus was lead astray by Jurgurtha.

1. The above statement seems to imply that the Roman Senate is allowing Bocchus to abdicate responsibility for his actions. Do you think this is reasonable? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think is the similarities and differences between the Senate's decision about Bocchus and what is called "mitigating circumstances" in our justice system?

3. Do you think claiming to be under the influence of someone else is a valid mitigating circumstance? Why or why not?

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