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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 say he will do if he is head of the government?

2. What do the people in question #55 do after Catiline leaves them?

3. What does Sallust say allowed Catiline to increase his power?

4. What does Catiline plan to do with Lucius Cotta and Lucius Torquatus?

5. How do the people in question #55 respond to Catiline?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who does Catiline attract people to his cause and what kind of people does he attract?

3. What and where is Manilos doing?

4. Describe the circumstances surrounding Hiempsal's death?

5. How does Jugurtha take care of Annuis?

6. How does Metellus handle Jugurtha's ambush and what does he do after the first encounter with Jugurtha?

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

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

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

10. What does the senate decide to do about Numidia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 said that wise leaders who could recognize people as individuals and bring them together through a shared love of their nation, built the original Roman society.

1. Why do you think Sallust thought the leaders were wise in the early days of the empire? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. Discuss why love of a nation might bind a people together better than greed or love of power.

3. Discuss what the leaders of America might be able to learn from the early leadership of Rome and how they might be able to implement similar leadership.

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