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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 Catiline tell the Senate he is going because of the accusations against him?

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

3. What does the rumors of an army coming to Rome do in the city?

4. What does Catiline begins to attract to his side?

5. Into what type of family was Catiline born?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Sallust compare Catlin and Cicero?

5. Who does Catiline plan to assassinate and how does Fulvia find out about it?

6. What did Cicero do when he uncovered Catiline's plans and how did this stymie Cataline's plans?

7. Where is Catiline going with his army and what does Antonio do about it?

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 surprises Petreius about Catiline and what is his response?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in The Jugurthine War. Consider the following questions as you write: Which persons are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? Which persons seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of hypocrisy in The Jugurthine War. Which persons seem hypocritical? Why? Which persons seem sincere? Why? Which ones seem not to care about looking good to others? What is the difference between how the two types live?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in The Jugurthine War. Compare and contrast how the people of the Roman era view death to the views of those in 2010. Which is most like your own view of death? Who seems afraid of dying? Not afraid? Who meets death gracefully? In resignation? With joy? With fear?

Essay Topic 3

Sallust binds the theme of acting quickly with a sound political structure. In a dictatorship such of that of Sylla's and the government Catiline is trying to enforce, acting quickly does not work. Democratic leadership, Sallust says, is more apt to have success with quick decisions.

1. Explain why Sallust does not consider a dictatorship a sound political structure. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Explain the difference and similarities between a dictatorship and a democracy government.

3. What do you think is meant by Sallust binding the theme of acting quickly with a sound political structure.

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