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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. Who does Plutarch report protected Cleomenes while he was in exile?
(a) Aratus of Sycion.
(b) Artaxerxes of Persia.
(c) Phocion of Greece.
(d) King Ptolemy of Egypt.

2. What does Plutarch report to be Phocion's retort when Athens began to celebrate the death of Philip of Macedon?
(a) He opposed the celebration and pointed out that the army that had defeated Athens was only diminished by a single man.
(b) He had no knowledge of the celebration as he had secluded himself after the victory.
(c) He supported the celebration and recognized the tactical genius of Philip.
(d) He was ambivalent to the celebration but realized his soldiers needed the celebration after fighting a long war.

3. What battle against Macedon, according to Plutarch, that Phocion warned against taking that the Athenians lost under a different general?
(a) The battle of Persia.
(b) The battle of Delphi.
(c) The battle for Euboea.
(d) The battle at Chaeronea.

4. 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 chose to spread Greek culture through his captured lands rather than Macedonian culture.
(c) Alexander moved the capital of Macedon to Athens.
(d) Alexander rejected all of Philip's military tactics and found new generals.

5. 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 for Euboea.
(d) The battle of Delphi.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Plutarch claim caused Caesar and Pompey to become rivals for power?

4. How did Plutarch report Caesar lost his position as Dictator?

5. How did Plutarch report that Cato prevented the Roman Senate from naming Caesar the Consul of Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Plutarch report came of the Athens military when the Athenian Assembly went against Phocion's recommendations not to enter a war with Philip of Macedon?

2. How does Plutarch report that Caesar was assassinated?

3. How does Plutarch claim Athenians responded when they falsely accused Phocion of treason and killed him after a mock trial?

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

5. What did Plutarch identify as the difference between Eumenes and Sertorius in their approach to war?

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

7. What does Plutarch identify as the cause of Alexander turning against his father, Philip?

8. How did Plutarch report the death of Cato?

9. What does Plutarch claim Cleomenes did to prevent the political turmoil that overtook Agis?

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

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