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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 squandering the family wealth on horses and soldiers.
(b) Philip's humiliating defeat against the Spartans.
(c) Philip's drunken display at the wedding of one of his nieces.
(d) Philip's many marriages.

2. How does Plutarch compare the climb to power between Agesilaus and Pompey?
(a) Pompey made his rise to power by murdering rivals, but Agesilaus rose by negotiating with rivals.
(b) Pompey made his rise to power with great military victories, but Agesilaus rose by negotiating peace.
(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.

3. Who does Plutarch report ruled Rome in a Triumvirate while Cato served in the Senate?
(a) Tiberius, Cicero, and Caius.
(b) Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus.
(c) Sertorius, Brutus, and Cassius.
(d) Brutus, Octavius, and Antony.

4. Who did Phocion advise Alexander to make war against rather than the Athenians, according to Plutarch?
(a) The Romans.
(b) The Indians.
(c) The Spartans.
(d) The Persians.

5. In what sort of family does Plutarch claim Eumenes was raised?
(a) A military family
(b) A noble family.
(c) A poor laboring family.
(d) A ruling class family.

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

7. How did Plutarch report that Cato prevented the Roman Senate from naming Caesar the Consul of Rome?
(a) He used his authority to adjust the calendar of the senate.
(b) He spent the entire day speaking and prevented the Senate from acting on the motion.
(c) He kept the motion to make Caesar consul in the committee.
(d) He used his authority to prevent senators from entering the senate.

8. What does Plutarch claim caused Caesar and Pompey to become rivals for power?
(a) The rivalry between Pompey's father and Caesar's family.
(b) Crassus' death.
(c) Pompey's defeat to Sertorius in Spain.
(d) Pompey's alliance with Crassus.

9. 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 Persia.
(b) The battle of Chaeronaea.
(c) The battle of Delphi.
(d) The battle for Euboea.

10. How was Pompey acquitted of embezzlement that Plutarch reported was accused against his father after he died?
(a) Pompey pledged his loyalty to Sylla.
(b) Pompey set us his own slave as having stolen the funds.
(c) Pompey traced the thefts to a freed slave of his father's, named Alexander.
(d) Pompey proved his father was in Spain governing the Roman province when the money had disappeared.

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

12. Who does Plutarch report to be the master of Rome before Caesar came to power?
(a) Sylla.
(b) Cassius.
(c) Crassus.
(d) Cato.

13. Who invaded Spartan provinces while Cleomenes was making reforms in Spartan government, according to Plutarch?
(a) Persian King Darius.
(b) Greek General Aratas.
(c) Roman General Pompey.
(d) Macedonian King Philip.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What five qualities does Plutarch claim that Sertorius possessed in greater qualities than the other generals to whom Plutarch compared him?

2. With whom did Pompey make war that Plutarch reported eventually led to his death in Egypt?

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

4. 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?

5. What event led Philip to commission Aristotle to teach Alexander, according to Plutarch?

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