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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 does Plutarch claim the birth order of Agis and Agesilaus affected their lives?
(a) Agis, the older, was trained in military matters, but Agesilaus was trained in agricultural arts.
(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 given the inheritance of the king, but Agesilaus was given the authority over a province.

2. What was Caesar's first step, according to Plutarch, when he was informed of Sylla's power being in decline?
(a) He began rallying support in the senate to have Sylla removed from power.
(b) He joined with Crassus and Pompey to form a triumvirate to overpower Sylla.
(c) He attended the school of a famous rhetorician named Apollonius.
(d) He returned to his home realizing that Sylla no longer had the support to eliminate his enemies.

3. Who does Plutarch report took in Cato and his siblings after they were orphaned, and for what was this person known?
(a) Sylla who was the most violent despot of Rome.
(b) Livius Drusus, an uncle on Cato's mother's side, raised the orphaned siblings, he was known for his role in the government and as being a very eloquent speaker.
(c) Pompaedius Silo who became a captain in Caesar's army.
(d) Servilia who eventually became the wife of Brutus.

4. What does Plutarch report to be the joke that Neoptoleumus, captain of Alexander's lifeguard, told of Eumenes?
(a) That he had followed Alexander with shield and spear, but Eumenes only with pen and paper.
(b) That Alexander fought with soldiers, but Eumenes fought with words.
(c) That Eumemes' battles were always fiercer on paper than they were in the field.
(d) That other armies train with swords, but Ememes' army trains with parchment.

5. What did Plutarch report to be Phocion's view of war whenever he was brought into debates with other Greek leaders?
(a) He thrilled in the adventure of defeating an enemy.
(b) He believe a man could have no greater virtue than the desire to face bloody combat.
(c) He always advocated drawing the enemy out into the open.
(d) His advice was always for peace and quietness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Plutarch use the name, "Cato the Younger"?

2. How did the master of Rome prior to Caesar's reign make himself an enemy to Caesar, according to Plutarch?

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

4. Who was the Persian King that Plutarch reported Alexander defeated on his expedition to India?

5. According to Plutarch, who authored laws in Lacedaemonia that caused land that was once subject to inheritance within families to be taken into a few wealthy hands?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Plutarch report that Caesar was assassinated?

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

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

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

8. What kind of commander did Plutarch consider Sertorius to be, and where did he fight and defeat Pompey?

9. What were qualities of Alexander that Plutarch praised?

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

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