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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Plutarch claim Philip believed that Alexander was a demi-god?
(a) Because Philip had a dream about serpents sleeping with Olympia that were signs of Jupiter's presence.
(b) 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.
(c) Because Alexander showed unnatural skill and intelligence from an early age.
(d) Because there were three omens that prophets interpreted that Alexander's birth was exalted.

2. How did the master of Rome prior to Caesar's reign make himself an enemy to Caesar, according to Plutarch?
(a) Crassus allied himself with Pompey in the Roman Senate to force Caesar into a triumvirate.
(b) Cato warned the Senate of the ambitions of Caesar.
(c) Sylla wanted Caesar to put his wife away because her father, Cinna, was the ruler of Rome priort to Sylla.
(d) Cassius conspired with Brutus to remove Caesar from contention for power.

3. 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 the fairest and justest means, but Agesilaus rose through the deception of a misinterpreted prophesy.
(d) Pompey made his rise to greatness by confronting tyrants, but Agesilaus rose through allying with tryants.

4. What was the most notable sign that Plutarch suggests that proves Caesar had begun to win popular support to challenge Sylla?
(a) When he allied himself with Sylla's enemies in the Senate.
(b) When he challenged Sylla's hold on power directly in the Senate.
(c) When he took possession of a field owned by Sylla.
(d) When he praised an enemy of Sylla's, named Marius, during the eulogy of Marius' wife.

5. 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) 14.
(b) 16.
(c) 20.
(d) 18.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Plutarch report to be the master of Rome before Caesar came to power?

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

3. How did Plutarch compare Agesilaus and Pompey in their treatment of the men who supported their rise to power?

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

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

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