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 does Metellus realize about Zama?

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

3. What does the Senate give Metellus after he is elected?

4. What does Micipas do after receiving a letter from Scipio about Jugurtha's actions during the war?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Metellus do with Bohumilcar?

2. What does Adherbal do when he runs to Rome and how does that work out for him?

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

4. What does Jugurtha tell his army and what do they do?

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

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

7. Describe the circumstances surrounding Hiempsal's death?

8. What does Jugurtha hear about Metellus, what is his response to that and how does Metellus respond to Jugurtha?

9. What does Sallust say is the reason he is writing The Jugurthine War book?

10. What forces the Senate to act against Jugurtha and what do they do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 includes a speech he makes to the people in which he says that the government is corrupt but the people should not get violent.

1. Explain how Sallust's statement about violence contradicts his positive portrayal of Jugurtha. Use examples from the text to support your answer.

2. The United States of America is just one of many countries that have been started by violent revolution. How does the existence of America contradict the above statement that Sallust has about corruption in government and violence?

3. Explain, in detail, how Jugurtha might have been able to peaceably obtain his goals.

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