Classical Rome

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  • 1. 
    If the Greek genius was politics, the Roman genius was?
    • A. 

      Democracy

    • B. 

      Engineering

    • C. 

      Poetry

    • D. 

      Science

    • E. 

      Music

  • 2. 
    Greek and Roman agriculture
    • A. 

      Ignored graph and olive cultivation

    • B. 

      Concentrated on vegetables and dairy products

    • C. 

      Employed only a minority of the population

    • D. 

      Tended to develop large, commercial estates

    • E. 

      Exported grain to asia

  • 3. 
    The Senate of republican rome particularly represented
    • A. 

      The merchants and businessmen

    • B. 

      The non-native romans

    • C. 

      The landed aristocracy

    • D. 

      The emperors

    • E. 

      The urban worker

  • 4. 
    Roman slaves were used for all the following except
    • A. 

      Agricultural labor

    • B. 

      Entertainment

    • C. 

      Work in the mines

    • D. 

      Household care and tutoring

    • E. 

      Military service

  • 5. 
    The roman empire
    • A. 

      Insisted that all inhabitants become roman citizens

    • B. 

      Prevented foreigners from trading within the empire

    • C. 

      Allowed no political participation

    • D. 

      Set up a military draft to supply the roman legions

    • E. 

      Tolerated local political and religious diversity

  • 6. 
    From a confucian viewpoint, the roman empire might have been criticized for placing too much confidence in
    • A. 

      Divine backing for the emperor

    • B. 

      Laws rather than trained officials

    • C. 

      Religious conviction

    • D. 

      Public works functions

    • E. 

      Harsh punishments of criminals

  • 7. 
    The patricians
    • A. 

      Were an aristocratic governing class

    • B. 

      Could not serve as consuls, magistrates or senators

    • C. 

      Could not use their power to control the plebeians

    • D. 

      Were etruscans

    • E. 

      Were foreigners

  • 8. 
    Tiberius gracchus, gaius gracchus and julius caesar passed reform packages that benefited the
    • A. 

      Patricians

    • B. 

      Plebeians

    • C. 

      Equestrians only

    • D. 

      Senate

    • E. 

      Slaves

  • 9. 
    Which of the following best describes the differences between the Roman republic and the Roman Empire?
    • A. 

      The empire was smaller in size than the republic during the regn of augustus

    • B. 

      The empire was governed by a monarchy while the republic maintained a series of checks and balances

    • C. 

      The imperial government was led by rulers who, over time, became god-like.

    • D. 

      Both a and b

    • E. 

      Both b and c

  • 10. 
    Which of the following was not one of rome's cultural legacies?
    • A. 

      The romans preserved hellenic philosophy

    • B. 

      The romans built roads and fortifications that have lasted for centuries

    • C. 

      The romans adopted the islamic religion as the official faith of the empire

    • D. 

      The romans made christianity the official faith of the empire

    • E. 

      The romans adopted a legal code still in some use today

  • 11. 
    Which of the following is true of both the roman empire and the han empire?
    • A. 

      Both empires were heavily dependent on slave labor

    • B. 

      Both empires were characterized by long periods of effective centralized governance

    • C. 

      In both empires, extensive maritime trade was important

    • D. 

      In both empires administrative officials were selected by an elaborate system of competitive examinations.

    • E. 

      Both empires were ruled by wealthy merchant elites.

  • 12. 
    Rome paralleled Greece in all of the following ways except which of the following?
    • A. 

      Pantheon of gods and goddesses

    • B. 

      The geographical concentration of their cultures

    • C. 

      Social and economic structure

    • D. 

      City-state government

  • 13. 
    How did the geographical extent of the Roman Empire compare to the geographical extent of Hellenism?
    • A. 

      The Roman empire was largely confined to the western half of the Mediterranean.

    • B. 

      The Roman empire was less extensive than the territory that was controlled by the Athenian empire.

    • C. 

      Rome spread civilization beyond the coastline of the Mediterranean to North Africa, Spain, France Romania, and Britain

    • D. 

      The Roman empire was largely confined to the coasts of the eastern Mediterranean.

  • 14. 
    Who were the Etruscans?
    • A. 

      Pastoral nomads from the Asiatic steppes that disrupted Roman culture ca. 5000 B.C.E

    • B. 

      Phoenician colonists who settled in northern Africa

    • C. 

      A group that resided in northern Italy and who ruled the Romans through kings until ca. 510 B.C.E

    • D. 

      Germanic invaders from north of the Rhine who conquered Rome ca. 750 C.E.

  • 15. 
    Which of the following statements most accurately reflects the nature of the Roman republican constitution?
    • A. 

      It was a closely centralized dual monarchy balancing the absolute authority of two ruling families.

    • B. 

      It was dominated by the existence of a professionalized bureaucracy similar to the shi in Han China

    • C. 

      The constitution balanced various interests within Roman society, but relied heavily on the aristocracy

    • D. 

      It was a participatory democracy on the model of the Athens

  • 16. 
    The Carthaginians were originally
    • A. 

      Descendants of the Etruscans and Rome's rivals in the eastern Mediterranean

    • B. 

      The allies of the Romans during their wars against the Etruscans.

    • C. 

      Phoenician colonists who established a major trade empire in the western Mediterranean

    • D. 

      One of the regional dynasties that succeeded Alexander the Great's empire in the eastern Mediterranean.

  • 17. 
    How did the creation of a republican empire affect Rome's society and economy?
    • A. 

      Slavery diminished as opportunities for free laborers abounded.

    • B. 

      All classes in Roman society enjoyed prosperity as a result of territorial expansion.

    • C. 

      The territorial expansion tended to enrich the aristocrats and increase their monopoly over landholding at the expense of the small farming class.

    • D. 

      The agricultural economy flourished in Italy as small landowners were able to increase their Output.

  • 18. 
    Which of the following Roman literary figures was a historian?
    • A. 

      Ovid

    • B. 

      Horace

    • C. 

      Vergil

    • D. 

      Livy

  • 19. 
    Which of the following statements most accurately describes the Roman imperial attitude toward religion?
    • A. 

      From 30 A.D. to 324 A.D. the official imperial policy was toleration of all religions regardless of their teachings

    • B. 

      The empire tolerated most religions whose members were willing to give at least formal acceptance of the traditional state religion and the cult of the emperors.

    • C. 

      The empire required all citizens to follow the state rituals and banned all other forms of religion.

    • D. 

      The empire quickly moved away from the traditional religious ceremonies and adopted the mystery rituals of the cult of Isis as the state religion.

  • 20. 
    Which of the following statements concerning Roman slavery is true?
    • A. 

      Roman slavery declined rapidly after the successful conclusion of the Punic Wars.

    • B. 

      The Romans did not depend on slavery as much as did the Greeks.

    • C. 

      The existence of extensive slave labor diminished technological developments in agriculture and manufacturing.

    • D. 

      Roman slavery was so much a feature of the Roman economy that eventually the armies were primarily composed of slaves.

  • 21. 
    Which statement most accurately compares the fall of the Han and Roman empires?
    • A. 

      Both empires were severely hurt by the decrease in trade.

    • B. 

      Nomadic invasions were more of a problem in Han than in Rome.

    • C. 

      In both empires, imperial authorities held more political power than regional authorities

    • D. 

      In both empires, leaders were assassinated.

    • E. 

      In both empires, large landowners successfully avoided tax collectors.

  • 22. 
    One important early symptom of Rome's decline was
    • A. 

      The drop in population

    • B. 

      Acceptance of Christianity

    • C. 

      The weakness of the eastern portion of the empire compared to the west

    • D. 

      The use of slave labor

    • E. 

      The replacement of republic by empire

  • 23. 
    The end of the Gupta Empire differed from the decline of Rome in that it did not involve
    • A. 

      Outside invasion

    • B. 

      Big cultural changes

    • C. 

      The weakening of central government

    • D. 

      The introduction of a new religion for the majority

    • E. 

      A change in political institutions

  • 24. 
    Nomadic invaders often had military advantages over the armies of empires because
    • A. 

      They had larger forces with more soldiers

    • B. 

      They had smaller distances to cover

    • C. 

      They believed they were fighting inferior cultures

    • D. 

      They were more skilled as horseman

    • E. 

      They developed better supply lines.

  • 25. 
    Despite their differences, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism all show interest in
    • A. 

      Polytheism

    • B. 

      Absolute hostility to the worship of religious images and spirits of nature

    • C. 

      Clearly organized church structures

    • D. 

      Life after death

    • E. 

      Strong priesthood