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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. There were 12 Roman Caesar's. Which one is Plutarch chronicling?
(a) The first Caesar, Gaius Julius Caesar.
(b) Tiberius Caesar.
(c) Caesar Augustus.
(d) Octavious Caesar.

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

3. 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 the fairest and justest means, but Agesilaus rose through the deception of a misinterpreted prophesy.
(d) Pompey made his rise to greatness by confronting tyrants, but Agesilaus rose through allying with tryants.

4. With whom did Pompey make war that Plutarch reported eventually led to his death in Egypt?
(a) Pompey led a civil war against Antony after the assassination of Caesar.
(b) Pompey led a civil war against Crassus to consolidate the power of the Triumvirate.
(c) Pompey led a civil war against Sertorius to exert Roman control over Western Europe.
(d) Pompey led a civil war against Caesar in an attempt to take Caesar's power.

5. How did Plutarch compare Agesilaus and Pompey in their treatment of the men who supported their rise to power?
(a) Both Agesilaus and Pompey betrayed those who helped them through their careers.
(b) Pompey remained loyal to Sylla even through the years Sylla had withdrawn his favor, but Agesilaus cast off Lysander with reproach after he rose to power on Lysander's misinterpretation of prophesy.
(c) Both Agesilaus and Pompey remained loyal to those who helped their careers.
(d) Agesilaus placed Lysander in an important province to honor his help whereas Pompey began making political connections so he could escape the influence of Sylla.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what hearing before the Senate did Cato first confront Caesar, according to Plutarch?

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

3. Why does Plutarch suggest that Cleomenes eliminated the office of ephors from Spartan Government?

4. What is a major difference between Sertorius and Eumenes that Plutarch recognized?

5. What was Caesar's first step, according to Plutarch, when he was informed of Sylla's power being in decline?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Plutarch detail Caesar's plan to become Consul of Rome by helping Pompey?

2. What was the primary objective of Agis as King of the Spartans according to Plutarch?

3. What were qualities of Alexander that Plutarch praised?

4. On what occasion does Plutarch report Cato asked why his preceptor would not give him a sword to kill Sylla while he was being trained in Sylla's palace?

5. Plutarch reports that Phocion had a continuously frowning look, what is a summary of Phocions quote to Chare when he remarked on his countenance?

6. What did Plutarch determine to be the difference in how Agesilaus and Pompey came to power?

7. How did Plutarch claim Eumenes caught the attention of Philip?

8. How does Plutarch explain Agis' objectives affected the politics of Sparta?

9. What did Plutarch identify as the myth regarding Alexander's lineage that Plutarch suggested his mother, Olympus, might have spread?

10. What skill did Plutarch claim Caesar used to start building political influence in the Senate?

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