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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Cato the Younger.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. With whom did Pompey ally himself to overcome the reputation of his father, and who did Plutarch report they oppose in a civil conflict for power over Rome?
(a) Pompey allied himself with a very popular general named Sylla and they united their armies to oppose the tyrant, Carbo.
(b) Pompey allied himself with Crassus to overthrow Caesar.
(c) Pompey allied himself with Metellus to overthrow Sertorius' rebellions in Spain.
(d) Pompey allied himself with Caesar in an attempt to overthrow Sylla.

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

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

4. What did Plutarch report to be Agesilaus' physical deformity?
(a) He was blind.
(b) He had one leg shorter than the other.
(c) He had only one eye.
(d) He had a lame hand.

5. What was Caesar's first step, according to Plutarch, when he was informed of Sylla's power being in decline?
(a) He returned to his home realizing that Sylla no longer had the support to eliminate his enemies.
(b) He attended the school of a famous rhetorician named Apollonius.
(c) He joined with Crassus and Pompey to form a triumvirate to overpower Sylla.
(d) He began rallying support in the senate to have Sylla removed from power.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Plutarch characterize Phocion's speech?

2. According to Plutarch's report, how did Phocion become general more than 45 times?

3. What does Plutarch report to be Phocion's retort when Athens began to celebrate the death of Philip of Macedon?

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

5. There were 12 Roman Caesar's. Which one is Plutarch chronicling?

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