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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. Why does Plutarch suggest that Dion was banished from Syracuse by the supporters of Dionysisus' son, Dionysisus II?
(a) They feared he would have them killed.
(b) They feared that he would rise above them in power.
(c) They feared the influence he was having against the Dionysius II use of tyrrany.
(d) They feared that he was plotting to take Dionysius II's throne.

2. According to Plutarch, what was the purpose of the Greek alliances that Aratus helped to form?
(a) Creating a great empire to challenge the Romans.
(b) To provide an empire for his ancestor's wealth.
(c) To establish a political base for his plans for power.
(d) Mutual defense of the allied cities.

3. How does Plutarch report that Demosthenes and Cicero showed the differences in their personalities through their speeches?
(a) Demosthenes was serious and eloquent, but Cicero loved to jest and make fun of his opponents.
(b) Demosthenes loved to just and make fun of his opponents, but Cicero was serious and eloquent.
(c) Demosthenes was trivial and lighthearted, but Cicero was somber and deliberate.
(d) Demosthenes was somber and deliberte, but Cicero was trivial and lighthearted.

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

5. What did Plutarch claim that Caius had to overcome before he was elected to tribune?
(a) His fear that the animosity for his brother still existed.
(b) The unwillingness of the senate to release lands that were under its authority.
(c) The hold that landowners had over the senate.
(d) False charges that he had been defiant to his authorities as a quaestor, that he had excited insurrections among allies, and had been involved in conspiracies.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Plutarch consider Demetrius' death more dishonorable than Antony's?

2. What is the reason Plutarch gives for Aratus deciding to make alliance with Philip of Macedon?

3. What does Plutarch identify as the difference in the characters between "The Roman Brothers" and "The Spartans"?

4. How did Plutarch explain the tyrrant, Nicocles, rose to power?

5. What does Plutarch consider to be the difference between the reasons that Demosthenes and Cicero fled from the authorities?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Plutarch consider to be the difference between the several wives that Demetrius took as opposed to Antony taking up with Cleopatra?

2. 1.What does Plutarch recognize as the major difference between the governing styles between the Gracchi and the Spartans?

3. What is a primary difference that can be inferred between the ancient Spartan civilization and the ancient Roman Empire from Plutarch's comparison between the Gracchi and the Spartans?

4. What does Plutarch claim Atarus did to free Sicyon from the tyrant Nicocles?

5. How does Plutarch compare the deaths of Demetrius and Antony?

6. According to Plutarch, how did Tiberius' death affect Caius' entry into Roman politics?

7. According to Plutarch, why did Atarus leave Sicyon to grow up and get educated in Argos?

8. How did Plutarch report that Demetrius fell in and out of favor with Athenians?

9. What does Plutarch consider to be the difference in the deaths of the Gracci and the Spartans?

10. How did Antony inspire a revolt against the assassins of Caesar, according to Plutarch?

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