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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. How does Catiline finally die?

3. Who is told about Catiline's plans for Cicero?

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

5. What does he tell his followers to carry at all times?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What and where is Manilos doing?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sallust presents the Roman army as ill-disciplined brutes. They buy everything instead of making it and live a luxurious life that is not conducive to being men of war.

1. Explain in detail why you think Sallust's evaluation of how soldiers should live is correct or wrong. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss in detail the moral implications of the politicians who send soldiers to war living at a much higher standard than the soldiers. Include in your discussion if you believe the disparity between soldiers' lives and politicians lives make it easier for politicians to use soldiers.

3. Military personnel in America receive fairly low compensation for their jobs although in peacetime the benefits and compensation may seem adequate, when faced with combat, it might seem too little. Discuss what you think is a fair wage for combat soldiers and what they should receive as veterans.

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

From Sallust's perspective, the Jugurthine war was more akin to a civil war between the nobility and the people, and Jugurtha was an excuse for the takeover.

1. Why do you think Sallust calls the Jugurthine War a civil war? Do you agree with this assertion? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. In some ways, some of the wars in which the United States has participated were civil wars, at least from Sallust's perspective. Do you think it is moral or immoral for America to interfere in a civil war in another country? Why or why not?

3. If one believes Sallust's description of civil war, then the American Revolution would have to be considered a civil war. Debate the two sides to this statement.

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