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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What did Plutarch report to be the difference between how the island allies of Athens treated other arriving Athenian admirals compared to their reception of Phocion?
(a) Other admirals were treated with ambivalence, but they regarded Phocion with tremendous fear.
(b) Other admirals were treated as an enemy suspect, but Phocion was greeted with private boats and barges with streamers and garlands.
(c) Islands were opened very freely to other admirals, but they feared Phocion's plundering ways.
(d) Other admirals were greeted with private boats and barges with streamers and garlands, but Phocion was treated as an enemy suspect.

3. What does Plutarch claim Caesar chose to do while Sylla's power reached its peak?
(a) He gathered forces to challenge Sylla with a civil war.
(b) He contended with Caesar's power in the Senate.
(c) He joined a conspiracy with Brutus and Cassius to assassinate Sylla.
(d) He left Rome in exile.

4. How old was Alexander when Plutarch claims he took the Macedonian throne after Philip's death?
(a) 20.
(b) 14.
(c) 16.
(d) 18.

5. What was a political hurdle that Plutarch claimed Pompey had to overcome?
(a) His father, Strabo, was so reviled by the Romans that they desecrated his body after his death.
(b) He was a rival to Caesar.
(c) He was a rival to Crassus.
(d) Pompey was not respected after he lost battles in Spain.

6. What is the first similarity that Plutarch recognized between Sertorius and Eumenes?
(a) That they both came from laboring families but worked up to the Noble class.
(b) They were both banished to foreign lands, but came to be commanders of powerful forces.
(c) That they were both embraced by the political leaders of their countries.
(d) That they were both ferocious in battle.

7. How did Plutarch report Caesar lost his position as Dictator?
(a) The Roman Senate voted to exile Caesar for his many wars.
(b) An insurrection by soldiers stationed in Germany.
(c) He was challenged to war by Ptolemy, which Caesar lost.
(d) He was assassinated by a conspiracy led by Cassius and Marcus Brutus.

8. Where does Plutarch report Alexander died?
(a) Persia.
(b) Athens.
(c) India.
(d) Babylon.

9. 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.

10. Why does Plutarch use the name, "Cato the Younger"?
(a) Because he was one of two Catos serving in the Roman Senate.
(b) Because he was the youngest leader in Rome.
(c) Because he also wrote of the grandfather, who's name was also Cato.
(d) Because he had a half brother also named Cato.

11. What victory of Phocion over the Macedonians did Plutarch report as being that which earned the admiration of Philip, King of Macedon?
(a) The battle of Chaeronaea.
(b) The battle of Persia.
(c) The battle of Delphi.
(d) The battle for Euboea.

12. With whom does Plutarch report Agis ruled over the Lacedaemonians?
(a) Agesilaus, his half brother.
(b) Cleomenes, husband to Agiatis.
(c) Leonidas, son of Cleonymus.
(d) Lysander, a Spartan General.

13. Who was the Persian King that Plutarch reported Alexander defeated on his expedition to India?
(a) Philip.
(b) Antipater.
(c) Hercules.
(d) Darius.

14. According to Plutarch, how did Cleomenes become King of the Spartans?
(a) He became King after the death of Leonidas.
(b) He became King after defeating Agesilaus in battle.
(c) He became King after Lysander used a false prophesy to discredit Leotychides.
(d) He became king from family succssion from Agis.

15. In what sort of activity did Eumenes get the attention of Philip of Macedon, according to Plutarch?
(a) Youth matches in Cardia.
(b) Breaking horses at a stable.
(c) Working as a servant in Philip's palace.
(d) Delivering speeches in his school.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Plutarch claim caused Caesar and Pompey to become rivals for power?

4. How did Plutarch claim Agis and Cleomenes incurred the hatred of the rich and powerful?

5. To whose death did Plutarch compare the death of Phocion?

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