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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the four being compared does Plutarch accuse of committing the crime of deposing a fellow elected official?
(a) Cleomenes.
(b) Caius.
(c) Tiberius.
(d) Agis.

2. Who does Plutarch identify as the father of Aratus?
(a) Timoclides.
(b) Cleon.
(c) Clinias.
(d) Abantidas.

3. What does Plutarch identify as the difference in the characters between "The Roman Brothers" and "The Spartans"?
(a) "The Roman Brothers" had a desire for glory and honors, but "The Spartans" loved contests and aspired to despotic power.
(b) "The Roman Brothers" had a desire to strengthen the systems of the Senate, but "The Spartans" sought to place all power in a single king.
(c) "The Roman Brothers" sought to serve the Romans, but "The Spartans" sought to inspire revolution against Sparta's kings.
(d) "The Roman Brothers" aspired to despotic power, but "The Spartans had a desire for glory and honors.

4. How did Plutarch characterize the differences in the changes in government "The Roman Brothers" and "The Spartans" sought to achieve?
(a) "The Roman Brothers" sought to restore Rome to its ancient Republic, whereas "The Spartans" sought internal improvements.
(b) "The Roman Brothers" sought to place all power in a king, but "The Spartans" sought democracy.
(c) "The Roman Brothers" aimed at settling cities, mending highways, and recovering public lands whereas "The Spartans" sought to restore their city to its ancient state.
(d) "The Roman Brothers" worked to restore the principles of the Republic, whereas "The Spartans" attempted to rid Sparta of its Greek democratic influence.

5. How did Plutarch explain the difference between Tiberius and Caius when they delivered speeches?
(a) Tiberius was verbose and theatrical; Caius was slow and methodical.
(b) Tiberius was gentle and composed, and Caius was earnest and vehement.
(c) Tiberius was rehearsed and serious; Caius was sarcastic and whimisical.
(d) Tiberius was confrontational; Caius was diplomatic.

6. Who did Brutus join in the successful assassination attempt against Caesar, according to Plutarch?
(a) Cassius.
(b) Crassus.
(c) Pompey.
(d) Antony.

7. Where does Plutarch claim that Demosthenes was when he committed suicide to avoid capture by the Macedonians?
(a) On his way to the public baths.
(b) In his home in Athens.
(c) In the Athenian Assembly.
(d) A temple in Calauria.

8. What does Plutarch report led to Antony's suicide at the threat of being defeated by Octavian?
(a) He sided with Lepidus in a civil war against Octavian.
(b) He was cornered with the co-conspirators of Caesar.
(c) His love affair with Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and his defense of Egypt against Octavian.
(d) He began a civil war with Ocavian and Lepidus in an effort to take total power of Rome.

9. What honor does Plutarch report this earned for Demetrius and Antigonus from the Athenians?
(a) They were named among the Athenian dieties.
(b) They were given powerful positions in the Athenian Assembly.
(c) They were given a palace.
(d) They were awarded with vineyards and gold.

10. How did Plutarch compare the deaths of "The Roman Brothers" to "The Spartans"?
(a) Plutarch believes that "The Roman" brothers died nobly defending their principles, but "The Spartans" died from an unwise pursuit of war.
(b) Plutarch believes that "The Spartans" died more courageously than did "The Roman Brothers"?
(c) Plutarch's record of "The Spartans" death is the only one that is not violent, but he was impressed with how "The Roman Brothers" died in battle.
(d) Plutarch believes both died nobly pursuing what they felt was the best for their people.

11. Who did wealthy land owners influence from the Senate to oppose Tiberius' efforts at land reform, according to Plutarch?
(a) Caius Mancinus, who was a consul of bad reputation.
(b) Octavius Caesar, who was son of Caesar.
(c) Marcus Octavius, who was considered to be a friend of Tiberius.
(d) Marcus Brutus, who opposed Caesars attempts to spread the wealth from captured cities.

12. Who led a conspiracy to overthrow the Roman Government that Plutarch reports Cicero exposed in the Senate?
(a) Cassius.
(b) Brutus.
(c) Darius.
(d) Cataline.

13. How does Plutarch explain that Aratus finally end Nicocles' reign over Sicyon?
(a) He conducted a military confrontation against the army of Sicyon.
(b) He led a revolution in Sicyon to overthrow all the tyrants.
(c) He conducted a covert insurrection and drove Nicocles from his house.
(d) He used his rhetorical skills to inspire the population to establish its own government.

14. How does Plutarch claim that Demosthenes became the best orator of his time?
(a) He was an avid reader and often quoted from the ancient masters.
(b) He had a natural flare that came naturally.
(c) By practicing long hours to develop a dramatic, persuasive style.
(d) He was trained in rhetorical arts by Aristotle.

15. What does Plutarch claim Demosthenes did with his suicide?
(a) Satisfied his political opponents in the Athenian Assembly.
(b) Cheated Antipater of the opportunity to publicly humiliate him.
(c) Laughed to scorn the cruelty of Antipater.
(d) Caused great sorrow to the Greeks who marveled in his wisdom.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Plutarch report was to be successor to Artaxerxes throne?

2. What tyrannical Syracusan King does Plutarch report Dion served as he became wealthy?

3. According to Plutarch, who prevented Cyrus from assassinating Artaxerxes at his inaugural ceremonies as king?

4. According to Plutarch, what was the difference in political support between "The Roman Brothers" and "The Spartans"?

5. Who does Plutarch claim led a successful conspiracy to murder Dion?

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