Fall of the Roman Republic 78-31 BC



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Past HSC Questions

(from Assessment and Reporting in Ancient History Stage 6, page 8)
Section IV: Historical Periods (25 marks)
  • There will be 16 extended response questions, one for each historical period.
  • Each question will have two alternatives.
  • Candidates will be required to answer one alternative on the historical period they have studied.
  • The expected length of response will be around eight pages of an examination writing booklet (approximately 1000 words).

HSC 2011
Question 44 — Option M - Rome: The fall of the Roman Republic 78-31 BC (25 marks
(a) He [Sulla] came out of Rome to meet him [Pompey] and gave him the warmest possible welcome, acclaiming him in a loud voice as ‘Magnus’ — which is to say, ‘the Great’ — and telling those present to use this title when addressing him.
Plutarch, Life of Pompey 13
With reference to this quotation, to what extent did Pompey deserve to be known as ‘the Great’?
OR
(b) Assess the role of the optimates in this period.

HSC 2010
Question 43 — Option M - Rome: The fall of the Roman Republic 78-31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Account for the outbreak of the Civil War in 49 BC.
OR
(b) Explain the role military commands played in Roman politics in this period.

TRIAL 2010
Question 44 — Option M - Rome: The fall of the Roman Republic 78-31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Assess the role and significance of Cicero during this period.
OR
(b) Account for the formation and breakdown of the Second Triumvirate.

HSC 2009
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Assess the senate's role in political crises in this period.
OR
(b) To what extent did the political ambitions of individuals contribute to the fall of the republic?

TRIAL 2009
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Assess the role of the Roman Senate in this period.
OR
(b) Account for the rivalry between Pompey and Caesar.

HSC 2008
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Explain the activities and breakdown of the First Triumvirate.
OR
(b) Why did Mark Antony lose the Civil War against Octavian?

TRIAL 2008
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Explain the role of the optimates and populares during this period.
OR
(b) Explain the significance of the Second Triumvirate on the Roman world.

HSC 2007
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Assess the success of Pompey as a general and a politician during this period.
OR
(b) Why did the Roman Republic fall?

TRIAL 2007
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Assess the legacy of Sulla on this period.
OR
(b) Explain the impact of Pompey's military commands on the fall of the Roman Republic.

HSC 2006
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Explain the outbreak of the Civil War (49–45 BC) between Pompey and Caesar.
OR
(b) Assess the importance of extraordinary military commands in Pompey’s career before the First Triumvirate.

TRIAL 2006
Question 38 — Option M – Rome: The fall of the Republic 78–31 BC (25 marks)
(a) Evaluate the role of the Roman Senate during this period.
OR
(b) Assess the role and significance of Cicero during this period.

HSC 2005
Question 41 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Evaluate the role of Pompey as a significant military leader during this period.
OR
(b) Assess the political and military significance of the Second Triumvirate during this period.

Question 60 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Explain the role of the army and its use for political purposes in this period.
OR
(b) Assess the role of the Optimates and Populares during this period.

TRIAL 2005
Question 41 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Assess the political repercussions of the expansion and administration of empire during this period.
OR
(b) Explain the formation and breakdown of the Second Triumvirate.

Question 60 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Assess the achievements and impact of Pompey on Rome and the Roman world during this period.
OR
(b) Explain the causes and consequences of ONE civil war during this period.

HSC 2004
Question 41 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Explain the reasons for the formation and breakdown of the ‘First Triumvirate’.
OR
(b) Assess the achievements and impact of EITHER Mark Antony OR Cicero during this period.

Question 60 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Explain the role of the Senate in the fall of the Roman Republic.
OR
(b) Assess the achievements and impact of Octavian during this period.

HSC 2003
Question 41 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Explain the outbreak of civil war in 49 BC.
OR
(b) Explain the formation and breakdown of the Second Triumvirate.

Question 60 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Assess the significance of the career of EITHER Pompey OR Crassus.
OR
(b) Account for the political violence in Rome during this period.

HSC 2002
Question 41 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Account for the rise and impact of powerful generals during this period.
OR
(b) Assess the role of the Senate during this period.

Question 60 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Account for the formation and breakdown of the ‘First Triumvirate’.
OR
(b) Account for the political rise and fall of Mark Antony.

HSC 2001
Question 41 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Account for the formation and the breakdown of the Second Triumvirate.
OR
(b) Assess the significance of the career of EITHER Pompey OR Cicero.

Question 60 — Option P – Rome: The Fall of the Roman Republic 78–28 BC
(a) Account for Roman success in the Gallic Wars.
OR
(b) Explain the generals’ use of armies for political purposes during this period.