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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 Catiline do after he leaves the Senate?

2. What does Antonio do before the battle with Catiline?

3. What does Sallust say the prince's way of life promoted?

4. Where does Catiline tell the Senate he is going because of the accusations against him?

5. What punishment does Cato argue for the conspirators?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Sallust compare Catlin and Cicero?

2. 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?

3. What surprises Petreius about Catiline and what is his response?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Catiline thinks the best way forward is through war. He sends his best men to various parts of Europe with the view of burning Rome when the time is right. He tells his followers to carry weapons and be ready for battle at all times.

1. Discuss whether you agree or disagree with Catiline's idea of the use of war. Include in your discussion examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

2. Catiline wants to conquer Rome yet plans to burn it. Does this sound sane to you? Why or why not? Include in your discussion examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Catiline has told all of his followers to carry weapons and be ready for battle at all times. Discuss the similarities and differences between his beliefs and behaviors and the terrorists of the present. Include in your discussion examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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