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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 Sallust say is the reason Catiline eventually led the battle from the front line?

2. Why did Catiline kill his son?

3. What does Sallust say the prince's way of life promoted?

4. What does Sallust say wise leaders did in the beginning of the nation?

5. What does Cato say about the fate of the traitors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Catline do when he realizes he is being defeated?

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 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?

4. What does Cicero ask of the Gauls and why?

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

6. Who does Catiline attempt to recruit for allies and how do they respond?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Jugurthine War is presented by Sallust as an historical account of two events in Roman history yet it seems to contain as much subjective opinion as historical facts.

1. Discuss why Sallust's book might be mere propaganda for the Roman government. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Debate the following statement: History should contain only facts not opinions or propaganda.

3. How much propaganda do you think is taught in history classes in the present time? Use examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Sallust claims Catiline looked mostly to capture the minds and support of youngsters, buying them gifts and sending them mistresses.

1. Why do you think Catiline tried to get the young people on his side? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. In Germany when Hitler began his Nazi campaign it was the young people he targeted. Discuss how this relates to Catiline.

3. Do you think all young people could be brought with gifts? What kind of young person do you think could not be bribed? Discuss what you think of the character of someone who can be bribed to follow someone?

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