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Questions about Roman History


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  • 1. 
    What does SPQR stand for?
    • A. 

      Substratus Pontifex Quadrupedans Rabidus

    • B. 

      Sterculinum Praegelidus Quadrifidus et Ruditum

    • C. 

      Senatus et Populus Quorum Romanorum

    • D. 

      Sextus Proavitum Quidam Raptoris est

    • E. 

      Septum Praetorius Quietus et Repletus est

  • 2. 
    Who was the first of the four emperors in the year of the four emperors?
    • A. 

      Otho

    • B. 

      Galba

    • C. 

      Vitellius

    • D. 

      Vespasian

    • E. 

      Tiberius

  • 3. 
    Who overthrew the last Roman king of the Tarquin monarchy in 509 B.C.?
    • A. 

      Lucius Junius Brutus

    • B. 

      Gaius Julius Caesar

    • C. 

      Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa

    • D. 

      Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus

    • E. 

      Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus Numantinus

  • 4. 
    Which refugee from Troy was the legendary founder of Alba Longa near Rome?
    • A. 

      Silivius

    • B. 

      Iulus Ascanius

    • C. 

      Brutus

    • D. 

      Aeneus

    • E. 

      Dardanus

  • 5. 
    Which Roman Emperor is said to have played a musical instrument as he watched Rome burn?
    • A. 

      Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

    • B. 

      Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Caligula)

    • C. 

      Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

    • D. 

      Marcus Cocceius Nerva

    • E. 

      Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus Numantinus

  • 6. 
    Which Roman general made arguably the greatest reforms to the Roman Army in about 107 B.C.?
    • A. 

      Gaius Marius

    • B. 

      Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus Africanus Numantinus

    • C. 

      Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus

    • D. 

      Gaius Popillius Laenas

    • E. 

      Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

  • 7. 
    The Emperor Augustus Caesar (Octavian) was born in a neighborhood on which Roman hill?
    • A. 

      Aventine Hill

    • B. 

      Esquiline Hill

    • C. 

      Palatine Hill

    • D. 

      Capitoline Hill

    • E. 

      Caelian Hill

  • 8. 
    Who was Emperor when the Roman Empire reached its height?
    • A. 

      Marcus Cocceius Nerva

    • B. 

      Publius Aelius Hadrianus

    • C. 

      Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus

    • D. 

      Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus

    • E. 

      Antoninus Pius

  • 9. 
    Which emperor built a wall across northern Great Britain?
    • A. 

      Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus

    • B. 

      Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

    • C. 

      Lucius Aurelius Verus

    • D. 

      Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus

    • E. 

      Publius Aelius Hadrianus

  • 10. 
    Who commanded the Roman army at the Battle of Asculum?
    • A. 

      Pyrrhus of Epirus

    • B. 

      Consul Publius Decius Mus

    • C. 

      Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus

    • D. 

      Consul Gaius Julius Caesar

    • E. 

      Consul Publius Valerius Laevinus