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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 does Cicero arrange to wait under the Milvian Bridge?

2. Into what type of family was Catiline born?

3. What does Catiline do to attract people to his cause?

4. What does Catiline promise the Senate?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Sallust compare Catlin and Cicero?

3. What did Catiline do before he was married?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What and where is Manilos doing?

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

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In many ways, Sallust's recording of events reads more like a novel than an historical document.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's actions end up bringing the corruption in the Roman government to light and proves to be the initial impetus for eliminating some of that corruption.

1. In view of the brutalities and crimes Jugurtha committed do you think the ultimate outcome in the Roman government was worth it? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Sallust seems to present Jugurtha in a positive manner and might even admire him. How do you think Sallust's portrayal of Jugurtha would have changed if the changes Sallust wanted had not been a result of Jugurtha's actions?

3. Explain why the following saying relates to the first sentence: The end justifies the means.

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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