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

2. After Dion drove Donysius II from Syracuse, what does Plutarch claim came of his attempt to form a government?

3. Where did Demosthenes encourage Greeks to resist the rule of Philip and Alexander, according to Plutarch?

4. Who was the Macedonian King from which Plutarch reported Demetrius and his father, Antigonus, freed Athens?

5. Why did Plutarch claim that Tiberius was beaten to death on the Senate Floor?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Ochus put himself in line to inherit Artaxerxes throne according to Plutarch?

4. How does Plutarch show the differences in the personalities between Demosthenes and Cicero through their rhetorical style?

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

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

7. Why does Plutarch report that Artaxerxes had his son, Darius, executed?

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

9. How does Plutarch claim Artaxerxes averted war with the Spartans?

10. How did Plutarch compare the military achievements of Brutus and Dion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Agis and Agesilaus were half brothers who served as Spartan Kings from 427-360 B.C. Detail the unusual circumstances of their paternal relationship and Agesilaus' ascension to the throne after Agis' death. Explain Cleomenes' role in Sparta as it relates to Agis. Use details from Plutarch's "Lives" to explain your points.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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