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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. Who names Marcus Crassus as a conspirator?

2. Who does Sallust say Piso treated harshly?

3. Why is there a public voting for another consul?

4. How does Petreius motivate soldiers?

5. What does Catiline promise the Senate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who reads a letter from Catiline to the Senate, what does the letter say and what is the Senate's reaction to it?

3. What do Catiline's followers want to do with Cicero?

4. Who does Catiline plan to assassinate and how does Fulvia find out about it?

5. Where is Catiline going with his army and what does Antonio do about it?

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

7. What does Cicero do with some of the conspirators and what is their ultimate fate? Who argues for their fate?

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

9. 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?

10. What happens when Cicero takes the conspirators to the Senate?

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 includes a speech he makes to the people in which he says that the government is corrupt but the people should not get violent.

1. Explain how Sallust's statement about violence contradicts his positive portrayal of Jugurtha. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The United States of America is just one of many countries that have been started by violent revolution. How does the existence of America contradict the above statement that Sallust has about corruption in government and violence?

3. Explain, in detail, how Jugurtha might have been able to peaceably obtain his goals.

Essay Topic 3

Men joined the army where they aimed to earn renown as a hero. At that time, money and power were more in the background. He states that the Romans do not have greater literature because their people did not want to record merits but wanted their own merits celebrated.

1. There are many reasons why one might join an army. Discuss at least four reasons and whether you believe those are better reasons than to join it for fame.

2. Discuss why Sallust thinks self-aggrandizing has interfered with greater literature being produced.

3. Sallust states that money and power were more in the background at the time as far as what people wanted. Discuss why it is possible that money and power follow fame and admiration.

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