Roman Plebs: Definition & Overview


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What was a plebeian?

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1. What privilege were the plebeians denied in the Early Republic that they had gained by the Late Republic?

2. When did plebeians gain rights from the patricians?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When we think of ancient Rome, we tend to think of emperors, senators, centurions, etc., but in order to truly understand ancient Roman society, one must understand the normal, lower classes of people. These quiz questions will test your understanding of this side of ancient Roman civilization. You'll be assessed on things such as the rights Plebeians were afforded and their political powers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • The definition of a plebeian
  • Privileges afforded to the plebeians
  • Rights given to the Plebeians over time
  • Offices plebeians could hold
  • The effects of the Conflict of the Orders

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - use the quiz questions to test your recollection of the identity of Roman plebeians and their role in ancient Roman society
  • Defining key concepts - in order to understand the topic, make sure that you can define key terms, such as plebeian and patrician
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the topic to answer the questions identifying the political power of the plebeians and the historical timeline of their rights and privileges

Additional Learning

Boost your knowledge of Roman plebeians even further with the lesson called Roman Plebs: Definition & Overview. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Rights and privileges of the plebeians
  • The Conflict of the Orders
  • How the increase in plebeians' privileges and rights changed Roman society