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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. The first games, contests and competitions were held in _____________.

2. What was the crime that Socrates committed that resulted in his execution?

3. Which of the following is not one of the plays of Aristophanes?

4. The first scientists were the _________________.

5. What does Hamilton consider to be the greatest of all Greek poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Sophocles and Aeschylus differ on their views of freedom and law?

2. To many Greeks, prosperity and wealth are the cause of misery. What was the cause of misery to Aeschylus?

3. What were Xenophon's views on war?

4. What is the Western view of art?

5. What are the four elements in every tragedy?

6. What were the characteristics of the ancient world in which Athens existed?

7. What were Thucydides' views on power and wealth?

8. Who basically engaged in intellectual discussions?

9. What is the main characteristic of Greek architecture of the time?

10. What was Herodotus' manner of presentation?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

It is said that if one wants to learn the ethics and values of a society, one should examine the work of the dramatists and writers of the time. Why? What is it that is reflected in the literature that can't be found anywhere else? Is this also true of the ancient Greeks?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the three great Greek tragedy writers, Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. Each of these writers was from a different period and the state of the Athenian society was reflected in their writing and beliefs. How does this come through in their plays?

Essay Topic 3

Why didn't the ancient Greeks see any contradictions in their practice of slavery and their emphasis on freedom? What were their views of slaves? When did they first become concerned with the issue of slavery?

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