I have found that testing students 2 times per unit--or every three chapters, is the best way to assess their understanding of the chapters. I have created tests that are aligned with the History Alive curriculum. They are made up of several types of questions including multiple choice, key terms, short answer (2-3 sentences) and a short essay (1 paragraph). Included is the answer Key.
This test covers the Geography and Early Development of Rome, the Rise of the Roman Republic and From Republic to Empire