The Jugurthine War Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 type of public positions, according to Sallust, are not desired by public servants?

2. What does Marius do after the elections?

3. Why does Adherbal deliver a speech to the Senate?

4. What does the Senate do after the affair with Annuis?

5. What does Metellus realize about Zama?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jugurtha provoke Adherbal into resuming hostilities?

2. What happens when Metellus tries to capture Zama?

3. What does Jugurtha decide to do after he agrees to surrender to Metellus?

4. What does Jugurtha do after the Roman representatives leave Numidia?

5. How do the Romans finally arrest Jugurtha?

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

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

8. What type of government does Sallust say could solve the problems but what happens when that is attempted?

9. What does Sallust say about man's intellectual ability and fate?

10. How does Jugurtha take care of Annuis?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Bocchus calls a meeting with Maruis, who sends Sylla in his place. Bocchus offers his submission and asks if he can come to Rome to meet with the Senate. Rome grants permission and they decide Bocchus was lead astray by Jurgurtha.

1. The above statement seems to imply that the Roman Senate is allowing Bocchus to abdicate responsibility for his actions. Do you think this is reasonable? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. What do you think is the similarities and differences between the Senate's decision about Bocchus and what is called "mitigating circumstances" in our justice system?

3. Do you think claiming to be under the influence of someone else is a valid mitigating circumstance? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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