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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To whose death did Plutarch compare the death of Phocion?
(a) To Cato's.
(b) To Sertorius'.
(c) Aristotle's.
(d) To Caesar's.

2. What battle against Macedon, according to Plutarch, that Phocion warned against taking that the Athenians lost under a different general?
(a) The battle for Euboea.
(b) The battle of Delphi.
(c) The battle of Persia.
(d) The battle at Chaeronea.

3. 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) Cassius conspired with Brutus to remove Caesar from contention for power.
(c) Sylla wanted Caesar to put his wife away because her father, Cinna, was the ruler of Rome priort to Sylla.
(d) Cato warned the Senate of the ambitions of Caesar.

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

5. What did Plutarch claim was the final indication that Pompey had fallen out of Sylla's favor?
(a) Sylla attempted to have Pompey imprisoned.
(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 did not include Pompey in his will.

6. According to Plutarch, how did Caesar begin his rise to power over Rome?
(a) By using his new learned rhetorical skills to bring charges of corruption against high-ranking officials in Sylla's administration.
(b) By bringing wealth back to Rome after military victories and sharing it among the plebes.
(c) By forming political alliances in the Senate.
(d) By using his military victories to gain political support from the population.

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

8. According to Plutarch, when did Phocion rise to power in Athens?
(a) After Alexander had decided to invade Persia.
(b) After the death of Eumenes.
(c) As the ship of state in Athens was sinking.
(d) As Greece was recovering from war with the Macedonians.

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

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

11. 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) 20.
(b) 18.
(c) 14.
(d) 16.

12. After his return from Spain, with whom does Plutarch claim Caesar took power over Rome in the Triumvirate?
(a) Crassus and Pompey.
(b) Antony and Octavius.
(c) Brutus and Cassius.
(d) Sylla and Nero.

13. 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 showed greater intelligence when confronting foes in wrestling matches.
(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.

14. Who did Plutarch claim Agis had imprisoned and hanged?
(a) Agesilaus.
(b) Lysander.
(c) Leotychides.
(d) Leonidas.

15. Who did Plutarch report to be the father of Agis and Agesilaus?
(a) Alcibiades.
(b) Archidamus, king of the Lacedaemonians.
(c) Duris the historian.
(d) Zeuxidamus, King of the Lacedaemonians.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Roman political leader does Plutarch claim was a friend to Cato's family?

2. What was the most notable sign that Plutarch suggests that proves Caesar had begun to win popular support to challenge Sylla?

3. Who does Plutarch report took in Cato and his siblings after they were orphaned, and for what was this person known?

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

5. What came of Rome after Crassus died, according to Plutarch?

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