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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 traced the thefts to a freed slave of his father's, named Alexander.
(c) Pompey proved his father was in Spain governing the Roman province when the money had disappeared.
(d) Pompey set us his own slave as having stolen the funds.

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

4. From whom did Phocion learn of the military during his youth, according to Plutarch?
(a) Chabrias, the General.
(b) Sertorius, the Roman.
(c) Philip, the Macedonian.
(d) Eumenes, the Spartan.

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

6. How did the separation of Alexander from Philip affect his reign over Philip's empire, according to Plutarch?
(a) Alexander purged his government of all officials that were named by his father.
(b) Alexander moved the capital of Macedon to Athens.
(c) Alexander rejected all of Philip's military tactics and found new generals.
(d) Alexander chose to spread Greek culture through his captured lands rather than Macedonian culture.

7. What five qualities does Plutarch claim that Sertorius possessed in greater qualities than the other generals to whom Plutarch compared him?
(a) Nobility, mercy honesty, faithfulness, and humility.
(b) Ferocity, integrity, honesty, nobility, and courage.
(c) Contentment, faithfulness, mercy, prudence and judgment.
(d) Bravery, wisdom, frugality, humility, and foresightedness.

8. How does Plutarch claim the birth order of Agis and Agesilaus affected their lives?
(a) Agis, the older, was given the inheritance of the king, but Agesilaus was given the authority over a province.
(b) Agis, the older, was the favorite of the father, but Agesilaus was the favorite of their mother.
(c) Agis, the older, was educated to be king, and Agesilaus was given a common education.
(d) Agis, the older, was trained in military matters, but Agesilaus was trained in agricultural arts.

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

11. Plutarch compares Sertorius to Philip, Antigonus, and Hannibal for his aggression, strategy, and what one other commonality?
(a) They each came from common families.
(b) They each lost a hand in battle.
(c) They each had a short leg.
(d) They each had one eye.

12. How did Alexander show favor to Eumenes, according to Plutarch?
(a) By arranging Eumenes' marriage to the sister of his wife.
(b) By allowing Eumenes to train the royal horses.
(c) By employing Eumenes in the palace.
(d) By making Eumenes his spear carrier.

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

14. According to Plutarch, how did Caesar begin his rise to power over Rome?
(a) By using his military victories to gain political support from the population.
(b) By forming political alliances in the Senate.
(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.

15. How did Plutarch compare Sertorius and Eumenes in their views of war?
(a) Both Eumenes and Sertorius esteemed peace and tranquility.
(b) Eumenes naturally loved war, but Sertorius esteemed peace and tranquility.
(c) Both Eumenes and Sertorius loved war.
(d) Both Eumenes hated the death of war, but loved the thrill of strategy.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Plutarch claim Caesar chose to do while Sylla's power reached its peak?

3. What preceded Caesar's election by the Senate to Dictator, according to Plutarch?

4. How did Agesilaus take the throne from his brother, Agis, according to Plutarch?

5. According to Plutarch, how did Cleomenes become King of the Spartans?

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