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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 did Plutarch report to be Agesilaus' physical deformity?

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

3. How old does Plutarch claim Alexander to have been when Philip left him in charge of Macedon while he went on an expedition against Byzantine?

4. Who does Plutarch report took in Cato and his siblings after they were orphaned, and for what was this person known?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Plutarch report that Caesar was assassinated?

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

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

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

6. How does Plutarch describe Alexander impressing his father by taming a horse?

7. How did Plutarch report the death of Cato?

8. Where does Plutarch report Caesar traveled to for conquests after he was elected as part of the Triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus?

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

10. What were qualities of Alexander that Plutarch praised?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dion was a Greek who studied Plato's philosophy against tyranny. Even though he earned the favor of tyrannical King Dionysius I, he fell out of favor with the supporters of his son, Donysius II. Explain what philosophies that Dion was sharing with Dionysius II and why his supporters would want to end Dion's influence.

Essay Topic 2

The last political position Phocion took was his support for Cassander as King of Macedon. Explain why Phocion, a Greek, was in the position to be concerned with who was the king of Macedon, what Cassander's opponent did in response to Phocion's support, and whether or not that opponent's tactic achieved his desired goal.

Essay Topic 3

Phocion was a stern and respected general, but preferred peace to war even if his stand caused harsh political consequences. Detail two cases in which Phocion opposed popular causes to go to war in the Athenian Assembly. Identify the enemy and their leader, the reasons the Athenian Assembly wanted to make war, reasons Phocion warned against the war and his alternative recommendation, what the Assembly decided and the outcome for Athens.

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