The Alexiad of Anna Comnena Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book IX.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was taken from Tzachas when Alexius took power?
(a) His wife.
(b) His fortune.
(c) His honor.
(d) His titles.

2. What does Anna say happens after the Scythians violate a truce?
(a) The war is won by the Scythians.
(b) The war is won by Alexius.
(c) The war is put on hold.
(d) The two armies rest for winter.

3. What city does Tzachas conquer during a rebellion in Cyprus?
(a) Nicephorus.
(b) Venice.
(c) Dalmatia.
(d) Smyrna.

4. What happens when people realize Alexius survived battle with Robert?
(a) Volunteers join Robert's army.
(b) Enemies of Alexius try to take the throne.
(c) Robert's allies desert him.
(d) Well trained volunteers join Alexius' army.

5. What punishment does the conspirator receive?
(a) His hands are cut off.
(b) Put to death.
(c) Banishment.
(d) Banishment and imprisonment.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of Alexius' allies is wounded in battle?

2. Who does Alexius battle at the start of Book IX?

3. Who does Alexius call to help him against Robert?

4. What frightens Alexius according to Anna?

5. Who lays siege to numerous cities according to Anna in Book IX?

(see the answer key)

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