1. What did the ancient Romans wear? How were meals different for rich and poor Romans? How did Romans use the first concrete?



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Life In Ancient Rome


VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. What did the ancient Romans wear?

2. How were meals different for rich and poor Romans?

3. How did Romans use the first concrete?

4. What obligations and rights did the census lay out for the citizens of Rome?

5. What were the roles of nobleman and commoners in a republic such as Rome?

6. Even though we think of Rome as a democracy, it wasn't; how was ancient Roman government different from a democracy like ours today?

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Life In Ancient Rome
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. What did the ancient Romans wear?

The ancient Romans wore leather sandals and tunics that left their legs bare, which helped them as they worked outside in the hot sun every day. Most people had only one tunic, which was rarely washed. Wealthy people wore togas (draping pieces of fabric) over their tunics, and important citizens wore togas with a bold, colorful stripe to help them stand out in a crowd.



2. How were meals different for rich and poor Romans?

Poor people living in Rome bought prepared food (usually no more than soup and bread) because they were afraid that their wooden homes might catch fire if they cooked, and they usually ate while sitting on the floor. In contrast, rich people ate large feasts served to them as they reclined on couches.



3. How did Romans use the first concrete?

Romans used the first concrete (made of lime, volcanic ash, water, and gravel) to construct bridges, buildings, and aqueducts, which transported water to cities and towns.



4. What obligations and rights did the census lay out for the citizens of Rome?

According to the census in ancient Rome, citizens had to obey the laws, pay their taxes, and perform military service. The census also gave some rights to Roman citizens, such as a say in how the city was run.



5. What were the roles of nobleman and commoners in a republic such as Rome?

In the Roman republic, noblemen and commoners shared power. Noblemen served as Rome's leaders and commoners served as soldiers, but everyone could vote to help decide how the government was run.



6. Even though we think of Rome as a democracy, it wasn't; how was ancient Roman government different from a democracy like ours today?

The government in ancient Rome was different from a democracy like ours today in that Roman women had few rights, slavery was common, and elections were rigged to favor the wealthy.The government in ancient Rome was different from a democracy like ours today in that Roman women had few rights, slavery was common, and elections were rigged to favor the wealthy.



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