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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. Who names Marcus Crassus as a conspirator?

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

3. What does Sallust say is the reason Catiline eventually led the battle from the front line?

4. Who does Sallust say Piso treated harshly?

5. Why did the government become unsupportable?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sallust compare Catlin and Cicero?

3. What does the Senate hear about Manilus and how does it affect Rome?

4. What does Cicero ask of the Gauls and why?

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

6. What assassinations does Catiline plot and what does he plan to do with Piso?

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

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

9. Why did the Romans have to defend their borders and what did they do after they were successful in that?

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Sallust starts by talking about the strengths of the mind and the body. He puts the virtues of the mind above that of the body, but he understands that war needs both the mind for planning and the body for attacking.

1. Discuss the strengths of the mind versus the strengths of the body. Include in your discussion how one might complement the other and how one might interfere with the other.

2. Discuss the different uses of the body and the mind for war. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

3. Using the text as a resource, why do you think Sallust puts the virtue of the mind above that of the body? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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