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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

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 3

Antony used his position that he cultivated with Caesar to rise to power in a triumvirate with Octavius after Caesar's assassination. Detail how Antony rose to power during and after the reign of Julius Caesar and how he fell from that power. Explain how the circumstances of his fall showed a character flaw that could have been avoided, and detail the steps that Antony took to victimize himself to his own flaw.

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