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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 the Senate do about Catiline after Catulus reads a letter from him?

2. How does Catiline finally die?

3. What does Cicero do with the conspirators he has in custody?

4. What does Sallust think a reader of history believes?

5. Why was the early Roman society morally sound?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What does Catiline do after going to the Senate and how does he hide his intentions?

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

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

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

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

9. How does Sallust compare Catlin and Cicero?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

1. What do you think can account for the discrepancy between Sallust's opinions and experiences and recorded history?

2. Who writes history? Are historical records always accurate, mostly accurate, or slightly accurate? How can we know how accurate an historical record is?

3. What are some reasons history has been inadvertently recorded inaccurately? What are some reasons history has been recorded inaccurately intentionally?

4. Do you think it is ever justified to record an event inaccurately? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Sallust concentrates on the action, often presenting everything in very black and white. For example, the good guys such as Cicero are inherently good, while Catiline, of course, is completely bad. It is interesting that when Antonio pardons himself from fighting, Sallust passes no judgment on him.

1. Discuss the problems that can be caused in a situation when good or bad are the only two judgments that can be made about that situation. Use examples from the text and your own life to illustrate your ideas.

2. Rigidity in thinking has been the cause of much disagreements and misunderstanding in the world. When two people or two cultures or two countries are unable to see the viewpoint of another, communication cannot take place. Sallust seeing some persons as all good or all bad is an example of rigid thinking. Discuss a problem in the present time which is caused or aggravated by rigid thinking.

3. Debate the following statement: All people have both good and bad within and no one is all bad or all good. Use examples of well known individuals in history and individuals in this book, to illustrate both sides of the issue.

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