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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. Why does an empire need to have an emphasis on the mind?

2. What does Petreius do after Catiline starts to attack?

3. To whom does Catiline go for allies?

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

5. What does Cathegus think is the best way to forward the conspiracy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the circumstances surrounding Hiempsal's death?

3. What does Memmuis tell Jugurtha he must do when Cassius brings him to Rome and how does Jugurtha get out of it?

4. Who is Marcus Scaurus and what does the Senate have him do? How does Jugurtha respond to Scaurus?

5. How does Rome feel about Metellus's encounters with Jugurtha and what is Metellus's response to this?

6. Who does Catiline attempt to recruit for allies and how do they respond?

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

8. How does the Senate respond to Jugurtha's action towards Adherbal?

9. What does Marius do when he is in Numidia?

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

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Cato implies that the government is full of corrupt and power-hungry individuals who promote their own wealth over the health of the state.

1. What have you read in this book that would lead you to agree with Cato? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. There are many who would say almost all governments are full of corruption. Do you agree or disagree with this? Why or why not?

3. There are some people who compare present day America with the last years of Rome. Compare the two nations with what you see are the similarities and the differences.

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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