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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 he tell his followers to carry at all times?

2. According to Sallust, why did men join the army in the early days of Rome?

3. What do the conspirators do when they hear Catiline plans to burn the city?

4. What does Sallust say allowed Catiline to increase his power?

5. Where does Cicero work?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Sallust speculate about Piso's murder?

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

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

5. In what manner did Sylla take over the government and what did he do with the army?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Jugurtha's actions end up bringing the corruption in the Roman government to light and proves to be the initial impetus for eliminating some of that corruption.

1. In view of the brutalities and crimes Jugurtha committed do you think the ultimate outcome in the Roman government was worth it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Sallust seems to present Jugurtha in a positive manner and might even admire him. How do you think Sallust's portrayal of Jugurtha would have changed if the changes Sallust wanted had not been a result of Jugurtha's actions?

3. Explain why the following saying relates to the first sentence: The end justifies the means.

Essay Topic 2

Sallust presents the Roman army as ill-disciplined brutes. They buy everything instead of making it and live a luxurious life that is not conducive to being men of war.

1. Explain in detail why you think Sallust's evaluation of how soldiers should live is correct or wrong. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss in detail the moral implications of the politicians who send soldiers to war living at a much higher standard than the soldiers. Include in your discussion if you believe the disparity between soldiers' lives and politicians lives make it easier for politicians to use soldiers.

3. Military personnel in America receive fairly low compensation for their jobs although in peacetime the benefits and compensation may seem adequate, when faced with combat, it might seem too little. Discuss what you think is a fair wage for combat soldiers and what they should receive as veterans.

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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