Ancient History: Rome : The Rule of the Seven Kings

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for Ancient History: Rome

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : The Rule Of The Seven Kings

Tarquinius Superbus __________.

Possible Answers:

was the legendary founder of the city of Rome

led the rebellion that resulted in the birth of the Roman Republic

enacted a series of land reforms that greatly destabilized power in Rome

was the last king of Rome

created the first legal code in the history of the Roman people

Correct answer:

was the last king of Rome

Explanation:

Tarquinius Superbus was the last of seven kings of Rome during the period of time when Rome was ruled by a monarchy. He is a somewhat legendary figure as historical evidence from his time period is scant.

Example Question #2 : The Rule Of The Seven Kings

The Roman monarchy was __________.

Possible Answers:

awarded to the most powerful general on the death of the previous king

always a hereditary position

always an elected position

initially an elected position, before becoming hereditary

ruled by multiple kings at the same time

Correct answer:

initially an elected position, before becoming hereditary

Explanation:

The Roman monarchy was initially an elected position, before later becoming a hereditary position. In the early years of the Roman Kingdom, once a king died, the Senate was convened to choose a new king. Through a lengthy process, the king would be approved by the people, the Gods, and the Senate once more, before imperium (or, “the right to rule”) was conferred upon him. During the latter years of the Roman Kingdom, the position became hereditary and was passed down the line of succession by the Tarquin Monarchy.

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