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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 surprises Petreius about Catiline's attack?

2. Who does not like Catiline's plans for Cicero?

3. What does Catiline plan to do eventually in Rome?

4. What is Manilos doing in Etrupia?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jugurtha do after he flees Thala?

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

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

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

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

6. What does the Senate tell Jugurtha he must do about Adherbal and what is Jugurtha's response?

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

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

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

10. What does the Senate have Metellus do after he is elected and how does Sallust describe Metellus?

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

Sallust concentrates on the action, often presenting everything in very black and white. For example, the good guys such as Cicero are inherently good, while Catiline, of course, is completely bad. It is interesting that when Antonio pardons himself from fighting, Sallust passes no judgment on him.

1. Discuss the problems that can be caused in a situation when good or bad are the only two judgments that can be made about that situation. Use examples from the text and your own life to illustrate your ideas.

2. Rigidity in thinking has been the cause of much disagreements and misunderstanding in the world. When two people or two cultures or two countries are unable to see the viewpoint of another, communication cannot take place. Sallust seeing some persons as all good or all bad is an example of rigid thinking. Discuss a problem in the present time which is caused or aggravated by rigid thinking.

3. Debate the following statement: All people have both good and bad within and no one is all bad or all good. Use examples of well known individuals in history and individuals in this book, to illustrate both sides of the issue.

Essay Topic 3

Sallust claims Catiline looked mostly to capture the minds and support of youngsters, buying them gifts and sending them mistresses.

1. Why do you think Catiline tried to get the young people on his side? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. In Germany when Hitler began his Nazi campaign it was the young people he targeted. Discuss how this relates to Catiline.

3. Do you think all young people could be brought with gifts? What kind of young person do you think could not be bribed? Discuss what you think of the character of someone who can be bribed to follow someone?

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