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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 did Catiline's constituency end up the way it did?

3. What type of debate does the Senate have over the men Cicero arrests?

4. Why does Jugurtha easily bribe members of government?

5. Who does Cicero arrange to wait under the Milvian Bridge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

7. Who does Catiline attract people to his cause and what kind of people does he attract?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Sallust binds the theme of acting quickly with a sound political structure. In a dictatorship such of that of Sylla's and the government Catiline is trying to enforce, acting quickly does not work. Democratic leadership, Sallust says, is more apt to have success with quick decisions.

1. Explain why Sallust does not consider a dictatorship a sound political structure. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain the difference and similarities between a dictatorship and a democracy government.

3. What do you think is meant by Sallust binding the theme of acting quickly with a sound political structure.

Essay Topic 3

Bocchus calls a meeting with Maruis, who sends Sylla in his place. Bocchus offers his submission and asks if he can come to Rome to meet with the Senate. Rome grants permission and they decide Bocchus was lead astray by Jurgurtha.

1. The above statement seems to imply that the Roman Senate is allowing Bocchus to abdicate responsibility for his actions. Do you think this is reasonable? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think is the similarities and differences between the Senate's decision about Bocchus and what is called "mitigating circumstances" in our justice system?

3. Do you think claiming to be under the influence of someone else is a valid mitigating circumstance? Why or why not?

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