Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 Test | Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Plutarch characterize the differences in the changes in government "The Roman Brothers" and "The Spartans" sought to achieve?

2. Who does Plutarch report was to be successor to Artaxerxes throne?

3. What political difference does Plutarch recognize between "The Spartans"?

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

5. Why does Plutarch claim that Cicero's leading the execution of conspirators to overthrow Rome was controversial?

Essay 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

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

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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