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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. Why did Sallust become a writer?

2. What is Catiline doing that is akin to revolution, according to Sallust?

3. With what does Sallust say his ancestors built great empires?

4. Where are the enemies of Catiline's army?

5. What two groups came together to form Rome?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sallust compare Catlin and Cicero?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What did Catiline do before he was married?

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

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 3

It seems strange that Sallust represents Jugurtha as an honorable man and then suggests that his motives behind his violence were nothing more than a lust for power, control and war.

1. Discuss, with examples from the text, the above statement.

2. Jugurtha committed many atrocities in his quest for power. Discuss how you believe his behavior would be settled in an international court for war crimes. How are his actions similar to some of the war crimes which have been tried in the past twenty years?

3. Jugurtha killed not only many people, but his own adopted brothers and even tortured Adherbal. Do you think fratricide is morally more reprehensible than murder of a person who is unknown to the criminal? Why or why not?

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