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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 was Caesar's first step, according to Plutarch, when he was informed of Sylla's power being in decline?

2. What does Plutarch report of Cato during this civil war?

3. What did Plutarch report of Phocion's temperament?

4. Who does Plutarch report commissioned Caesar to travel to Spain?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Plutarch report the death of Cato?

2. Why does Plutarch claim Caesar left Rome while he was a young man?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cato, the Younger, took many stands against the popular positions of the Roman Senate. One such stand was his warnings against the ambitions of Caesar as he was rising to power. What were the points that Cato raised in his warning, how did he respond as Pompey attempted to challenge Caesar, and what was the final outcome for Cato for taking his stand?

Essay Topic 2

Caius Gracchus took a low profile immediately following the beating death of his brother but eventually rose to a position of leadership in Rome. Analyze the political rise of Caius and give reasons for his taking a cautious approach to his political involvement. Point out achievements he made in his steps that helped him to move into higher offices. Explain how his ultimate agenda required his development of political support as he moved into a position to act upon it.

Essay Topic 3

Plutarch's biography of Alexander gave explicit details of how Alexander was supposedly a demigod and Plutarch's reports of Alexander's youth seemed to give support to the myth. Detail Plutarch's accounts of Alexander's supposedly divine heritage and two stories from his youth which could be taken to suggest that Alexander's intelligence and physical abilities were well above normal.

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