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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. Sallust claims his writing is not totally accurate because of this.

2. What two groups came together to form Rome?

3. What does Catiline mix for his followers to drink?

4. What did Lucius Sylla to with the army?

5. When did greed take over society, according to Sallust?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Senate have Metellus do after he is elected and how does Sallust describe Metellus?

3. How does Metellus handle Jugurtha's ambush and what does he do after the first encounter with Jugurtha?

4. Describe the circumstances surrounding Hiempsal's death?

5. What does Adherbal do when he runs to Rome and how does that work out for him?

6. How does the war between Jugurtha and Adhrbal start?

7. How does the Roman public react to Marius and Metellus's falling out?

8. What does Jugurtha do after he flees Thala?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sallust describes Metellus as an honorable man, who Jurgurtha has no chance to persuade with the lure of gold. Metullus bribes Bohumilcar to bring him Jurgurtha offering him a pardon for murder.

1. Though Metellus is touted as an honorable man by Sallust he offers a pardon for murder to get Bohumilcar. Discuss how this behavior conflicts with the concept of an honorable man.

2. Discuss, in detail, what you believe being an honorable man might mean in present day American society.

3. Discuss a situation in your own life where either honor or dishonor made a situation better or worse.

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

Sallust said that wise leaders who could recognize people as individuals and bring them together through a shared love of their nation, built the original Roman society.

1. Why do you think Sallust thought the leaders were wise in the early days of the empire? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss why love of a nation might bind a people together better than greed or love of power.

3. Discuss what the leaders of America might be able to learn from the early leadership of Rome and how they might be able to implement similar leadership.

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