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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who does Plutarch report protected Cleomenes while he was in exile?

3. Who does Plutarch report to be the master of Rome before Caesar came to power?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What difference does Plutarch recognize in the raising of the Gracchi Brothers (Tiberius and Caius) and The Spartans (Agis and Cleomenes)?

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

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

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

5. What were qualities of Alexander that Plutarch praised?

6. What important position does Plutarch report Atarus took with Achaea, a league of Greek cities?

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

8. According to Plutarch, why did Cato fall into disfavor with Caesar?

9. What does Plutarch report to be the condition of Rome as Tiberius began his political career in Rome?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Plutarch's reports of suicides among the figures he profiled plays very prominently in what he considers the figure's nobility or lack thereof. Compare the suicides of Cato and Otho. Explain the circumstances that led to the suicide, reasons the two gave for committing the act, and how you believe the act is a reflection of the character that Plutarch developed in his biography.

Essay Topic 2

Artaxerxes faced family challenges from his brother and even his sons. Compare his brother's challenge against his inheriting the throne to the conspiracy of Artaxerxes' son, Darious, and the turmoil Ochus brought to his brothers to earn the right to inherit the throne. In the comparison, detail Artaxerxes' responses to the challenges and how each challenger adjusted their tactics to attempt to take Artaxerxes' crown.

Essay Topic 3

Plutarch's biography of Sertorius established a pattern of examining the life of a leader whose live and experiences were intertwined with other lives that were covered by Plutarch. Sertorius directly confronted Pompey in Spain and both were affected by the Roman tyrant Sylla. How were both Sertorius and Pompey affected by Sylla, and how did the different relationships with Sylla influence the confrontation they had with each other?

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