History of the Peloponnesian War Multiple Choice Test Questions

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Book 1

1. What are the dates of the Peloponnesian War ?
(a) 190 BC to 25 AD
(b) 525 to 480 BC
(c) 380 to 45 BC
(d) 431 to 404 BC

2. The war is between what two powers?
(a) The Corinthian Empire and the Macedonians.
(b) The Persian Empire and Sparta.
(c) Greece and Italy.
(d) The Athenian empire and the Peloponnesian League, an alliance of city-states led by Sparta.

3. What is the stated purpose of Book One of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War?
(a) To establish background and attempt to examine the causes of the war.
(b) To show the importance of Corinth in the Peloponnesian War.
(c) To establish the credentials of Thucydides as a historian.
(d) To discuss the daily life of people in Sparta and Athens.

4. How is the book historically divided by modern scholars?
(a) Book One is divided in two seasons--winter and summer.
(b) Book One is usually looked at as a whole in keeping with Thucydides' method.
(c) Book One has historically been subdivided into two named segments although these do not exist as such in the text itself.
(d) Book One has historically been divided into four major parts with certain aspects emphasized.

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