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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What event led Philip to commission Aristotle to teach Alexander, according to Plutarch?
(a) Alexander began surpassing the courses taught him in the royal palace.
(b) Alexander began offering innovative strategies for battle to Philip's captains.
(c) Alexander showed greater intelligence when confronting foes in wrestling matches.
(d) Alexander broke a horse, Bucephalus, in front of his father and his attendants.

2. Who were they, and what were the nationalities of Alexander's parents, according to Plutarch?
(a) Philip of Macedon, and Olympia of Greece.
(b) Philip of Greece, and Potidaea of Rome.
(c) Eumens of Sparta, and Cleopatra of Persia.
(d) Attalus of Macedon and Olympia of Greece.

3. According to Plutarch, what eventually led to Alexander and his mother, Olympia, separating from Philip to become his rivals?
(a) Philip's drunken display at the wedding of one of his nieces.
(b) Philip's squandering the family wealth on horses and soldiers.
(c) Philip's humiliating defeat against the Spartans.
(d) Philip's many marriages.

4. What did Plutarch claim was the final indication that Pompey had fallen out of Sylla's favor?
(a) Sylla did not include Pompey in his will.
(b) Sylla dispatched Pompey to Spain to quell rebellions.
(c) Sylla defeated Pompey in battle as he was returning from conquests in Europe.
(d) Sylla attempted to have Pompey imprisoned.

5. How does Plutarch compare the climb to power between Agesilaus and Pompey?
(a) Pompey made his rise to power with great military victories, but Agesilaus rose by negotiating peace.
(b) Pompey made his rise to power by murdering rivals, but Agesilaus rose by negotiating with rivals.
(c) Pompey made his rise to greatness by confronting tyrants, but Agesilaus rose through allying with tryants.
(d) Pompey made his rise to greatness by the fairest and justest means, but Agesilaus rose through the deception of a misinterpreted prophesy.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Plutarch claim the birth order of Agis and Agesilaus affected their lives?

2. In what sort of family does Plutarch claim Sertorius was raised?

3. What does Plutarch report to be the joke that Neoptoleumus, captain of Alexander's lifeguard, told of Eumenes?

4. How far to the East did Plutarch claim Alexander spread his empire?

5. How did Plutarch compare Sertorius and Eumenes in their views of war?

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