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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. With what does Sallust say his ancestors built great empires?

2. How does Catiline finally die?

3. Why does Jugurtha easily bribe members of government?

4. What does the Senate do about Catiline after Catulus reads a letter from him?

5. Where does Catiline tell the Senate he is going because of the accusations against him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cathegus say he will do about Cicero?

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

3. What does Sallust say happened because the society was fragile that led to the end of the society?

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

5. What does Catiline say about Volturcius's statements to the Senate, who does he name as a conspirator and how is that accusation handled by the Senate?

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

7. What and where is Manilos doing?

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

9. What does Catiline do after going to the Senate and how does he hide his intentions?

10. What does Quinton Metellus do about Catiline's army and what kind of situation does that make for Catiline?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sallust starts by talking about the strengths of the mind and the body. He puts the virtues of the mind above that of the body, but he understands that war needs both the mind for planning and the body for attacking.

1. Discuss the strengths of the mind versus the strengths of the body. Include in your discussion how one might complement the other and how one might interfere with the other.

2. Discuss the different uses of the body and the mind for war. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Using the text as a resource, why do you think Sallust puts the virtue of the mind above that of the body? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Cato implies that the government is full of corrupt and power-hungry individuals who promote their own wealth over the health of the state.

1. What have you read in this book that would lead you to agree with Cato? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. There are many who would say almost all governments are full of corruption. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why or why not?

3. There are some people who compare present day America with the last years of Rome. Compare the two nations with what you see are the similarities and the differences.

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