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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Alexander.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old does Plutarch claim Alexander to have been when Philip left him in charge of Macedon while he went on an expedition against Byzantine?
(a) 18.
(b) 14.
(c) 16.
(d) 20.

2. What does Plutarch claim Aristotle provided that he considered, "...a perfect portable treasure of all military virtue and knowledge...."?
(a) Aristotle's collection of military histories.
(b) Aristotle's personally corrected copy of Homer's Illiads.
(c) Aristotle's maps of important sites in Persia.
(d) Aristotle's writings regarding the proper training and preparation of soldiers.

3. With whom did Pompey make war that Plutarch reported eventually led to his death in Egypt?
(a) Pompey led a civil war against Antony after the assassination of Caesar.
(b) Pompey led a civil war against Crassus to consolidate the power of the Triumvirate.
(c) Pompey led a civil war against Sertorius to exert Roman control over Western Europe.
(d) Pompey led a civil war against Caesar in an attempt to take Caesar's power.

4. Why does Plutarch claim Philip believed that Alexander was a demi-god?
(a) Because Philip once saw a serpent sleeping with his wife and he was advised by a pagan priest that the serpent was Ammon (Zeus, Jupiter) who had taken that form.
(b) Because Philip had a dream about serpents sleeping with Olympia that were signs of Jupiter's presence.
(c) Because there were three omens that prophets interpreted that Alexander's birth was exalted.
(d) Because Alexander showed unnatural skill and intelligence from an early age.

5. How did Plutarch compare Agesilaus and Pompey in their treatment of the men who supported their rise to power?
(a) Both Agesilaus and Pompey remained loyal to those who helped their careers.
(b) Agesilaus placed Lysander in an important province to honor his help whereas Pompey began making political connections so he could escape the influence of Sylla.
(c) Both Agesilaus and Pompey betrayed those who helped them through their careers.
(d) Pompey remained loyal to Sylla even through the years Sylla had withdrawn his favor, but Agesilaus cast off Lysander with reproach after he rose to power on Lysander's misinterpretation of prophesy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Agesilaus take the throne from his brother, Agis, according to Plutarch?

2. Why did Plutarch consider Agesilaus a better general than Pompey?

3. What did Plutarch report to be Agesilaus' physical deformity?

4. What subject does Plutarch report Sertorius mastered as a youth?

5. How did Alexander show favor to Eumenes, according to Plutarch?

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