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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. Where does Cicero work?

2. Why does an empire need to have an emphasis on the mind?

3. With whom does Quintus Curius have a relationship?

4. What does Catiline do after he leaves the Senate?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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 Cicero ask of the Gauls and why?

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

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

6. What does Quinton Metellus do about Catiline's army and what kind of situation does that make for Catiline?

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

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

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

10. What and where is Manilos doing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In many ways, Sallust's recording of events reads more like a novel than an historical document. The book moves along quickly, progressing in short chapters; within the chapters, the writing is not the formal and detailed style a reader would expect from a modern history book.

1. Discuss why you do or do not agree with the above statement using examples from the text to illustrate your opinion.

2. What do you think are the reasons an historian might want to write a book of history that would be interesting for an average reader rather than just historians? What would be the benefit to more people reading a book versus a select few?

3. What do you see are the differences between Sallust's historical accounts of the Catiline Revolt and the Jugurthine War and one that might be written to teach high school students in the 21st. century? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Jugurtha motivates his troops by saying they have conquered the Romans before and they will do it again. He says they are at an advantage because they know the land.

1. Why do you think Jugurtha appeals to his troops history with the Romans in order to motivate them? Does the fact that the Romans are in control of Numidia negate his argument? How does it affect what Jugurtha says to his troops about fighting the Romans?

2. Discuss why Jugurtha troops knowing the land will be an advantage over the Roman troops. Use examples to support your answer.

3. Speeches before battle is a type of manipulation. If one can appeal to the emotions of soldiers they will be more likely to be willing to die for their leader. How do you think this type of manipulation can be used or is used in modern armies?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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