The Jugurthine War Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Senate decide to do about Adherbal's request?

2. What does Jugurtha tell Annius he wants to do?

3. What does Sallust say people should not do if the government is corrupt?

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

5. What does Sallust say men are obsessed by which controls their lives?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In many ways, Sallust's recording of events reads more like a novel than an historical document. The book moves along quickly, progressing in short chapters; within the chapters, the writing is not the formal and detailed style a reader would expect from a modern history book.

1. Discuss why you do or do not agree with the above statement using examples from the text to illustrate your opinion.

2. What do you think are the reasons an historian might want to write a book of history that would be interesting for an average reader rather than just historians? What would be the benefit to more people reading a book versus a select few?

3. What do you see are the differences between Sallust's historical accounts of the Catiline Revolt and the Jugurthine War and one that might be written to teach high school students in the 21st. century? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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