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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. How did Plutarch claim Agis and Cleomenes incurred the hatred of the rich and powerful?
(a) By taking their laborers from them to fight in wars.
(b) By being desirous to restore the noble and just form of government.
(c) By inciting the working class to take their property.
(d) By taxing them to support homeless soldiers.

2. What did Plutarch report to be the difference between how the island allies of Athens treated other arriving Athenian admirals compared to their reception of Phocion?
(a) Other admirals were treated as an enemy suspect, but Phocion was greeted with private boats and barges with streamers and garlands.
(b) Other admirals were greeted with private boats and barges with streamers and garlands, but Phocion was treated as an enemy suspect.
(c) Islands were opened very freely to other admirals, but they feared Phocion's plundering ways.
(d) Other admirals were treated with ambivalence, but they regarded Phocion with tremendous fear.

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

4. Who joined Agis to turn back the laws that placed inherited land under control of a few wealthy families, according to Plutarch?
(a) Leonidas, son of Cleonymus.
(b) Cleomenes, husband to Agiatis.
(c) Agesilaus, his half brother.
(d) Lysander, the son of Libys and Madroclidas, the son of Ecphanes.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Plutarch claim Aristotle provided that he considered, "...a perfect portable treasure of all military virtue and knowledge...."?

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

3. What subject does Plutarch report Sertorius mastered as a youth?

4. Who were they, and what were the nationalities of Alexander's parents, according to Plutarch?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the similarities that Plutarch found between Sertorius and Eumenes?

2. Why did Ptolemy's son, according to Plutarch, place Cleomenes under house arrest while he was in exile in Egypt?

3. What does Plutarch note about the difference between Phocion's public disagreements in the Athenian assembly and how he spoke in general conversation?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How long does Plutarch claim that Cato the Younger possessed an inflexible temperament?

10. How did Plutarch explain Lysander's misinterpretation of the prophesy regarding the successor to Agis?

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