The Charybdis and Scylla Ancient Greek History Test

Neil just took this test, and passed it with 90 points, but that’s because I gave him 5 points for the extra credit question he answered correctly. Peter didn’t do as well. Can you pass it?

Charybdis and Scylla Academy Ancient Greek History Test

10 multiple choice questions, 2 points for each correct

1. Who was Zeus’ wife?

a. Athena

b. Artemis

c. Hera

d. Penelope

2. Solon was a tyrant who

a. Created a law which allowed creditors to enslave their debtors

b. Commissioned the writing of a text of the Odyssey

c. Rallied the Greeks against the Persians

d. Created a debt-relief system much like modern bankruptcy laws

3. A dendrophiliac is

a. A dentist especially enthusiastic about drilling

b. A particularly passionate tree hugger

c. A hairdresser who loathes dandruff

d. Allergic to flowers

4. The Trojan War was started because of

a. Homer

b. The Thera eruption

c. Phoenician and Corinthian trade disputes

d. Helen of Troy

5. The historian of the Peloponnesian War was

a. Thucydides

b. Herodotus

c. Aristotle

d. Hippocrates

6. This Greek scientist said the earth revolved around the sun:

a. Hipparchus of Nicea

b. Aristarchus

c. Archimedes

d. Erastosthenes

7. Which of these naval powers supported the Persians in the Battle of Salamis (480 BC)?

a. The Athenians

b. The Corinthians

c. The Phoenicians

d. The Myceneans

8. The Ionian League of Greek settlements was located in what is now:

a. The west coast of Turkey

b. Southern Italy (including Sicily)

c. Lebanon

d. Greece

9. The immediate cause of the Peloponnesian War was

a. The Spartan slave (helot) revolt which Athens supported

b. The Siege of Syracuse

c. Athenian support for Corcyrean democrats against Corinthian oligarchs

d. The creation of the Delian League

10. Alexander the Great’s empire stretched west to Italy, north to Macedonia, south to Egypt, and east to:

a. Byzantium

b. Persia

c. Mongolia

d. India

10 short answer questions, 5 points for each correct

11. What is a trireme?

12. Draw a map of Greece in the classical age, correctly identifying the Macedonian, Thracian, Seleucid, and Ptolomaic kingdoms.

13. Which Greek city-state provided the hoplites for the Battle of Marathon?

14. What was the name of the Spartan king who fought the Persians at the Battle of Thermopylae?

15. Which popular Athenian leader (with an oddly shaped head) had the Long Walls built for defense?

16. Euripedes wrote: “Slavery, that thing of evil, by its nature evil, forcing submission from man to what no man should yield to.” Though an abolitionist, he is best remembered for doing something else. What is it?

17. Which famous Greek philosopher believed in learning about yourself and the world and was Plato’s teacher?

18. Four of the seven wonders of the ancient world were Greek. Name one of them.

19. What’s the Macedonian phalanx?

20. In which great cosmopolitan city, remembered for its legendary library, did Archimedes live and work?

3 essay questions, 10 points for each correct including correct grammar, spelling and construction.

21. Which concept, unique to ancient Greece, is considered the bedrock of Western Civilization and how might our modern lives be different, if say, the Persians or the Egyptians had prevailed militarily and culturally?

22. Describe the Greeks’ winning strategies at the Straits of Saramis.

23. Describe an Archimedes screw and how and why it is used.

Extra credit (5 points)

You’ve answered #4 above, but now describe what actually happened to start the Trojan war.

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