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AmblesideOnline Exam Questions Plutarch

Crassus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
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Timoleon
Years 4-6: Give a short account of Timoleon's expedition against the Carthagenians, or, Why did Timoleon first save his brother's life and then consent to his death? Tell the whole story.
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Aemillus Paulus
Years 4-6: Describe (a), how Perseus was betrayed by Orandes, yielded himself to the Romans and was brought before Aemilius, or, (b), the triumph which the Romans gave in honour of Paulus Aemilius.
Years 7-10: 1: Give the substance of the speech of Aemilius on the death of his two sons.
        2:Describe the behaviour of Perseus after the battle of Pydna.

Marcus Cato the Censor
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Philopoemen
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Titus Flamininus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Pyrrhus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Nicias
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Crassus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Julius Caesar
Years 4-6: Describe the crossing of the Rhine by Caesar. Or, How did Caesar inspire his soldiers with valour? Give two instances.
Years 7-10: 1: (a), "Veni, vidi, vici," (b), "To cross the Rubicon." What events in Julius Caesar's life gave rise to these popular sayings? Describe Caesar's great victory at Alesia.
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Agis and Cleomenes
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

T. Gracchus and C. Gracchus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Demosthenes
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Cicero
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Demetrius
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Alexander
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Dion
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Marcus Brutus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Solon
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Poplicola/Publicola
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Pompey
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Themistocles
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Pericles
Years 4-6: "Ah, Pericles! those that have need of a lamp take care to supply it with oil." Who said this? Tell the story.
Years 7-10: 1: Explain how Pericles handled criticism and complaints.
        2: Why is Pericles considered the greatest statesman Athens ever had?

Fabius
Years 4-6: Why did Fabius refuse to wear a laurel wreath and come home in triumph? Tell the whole story.
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Alcibiades
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Coriolanus
Years 4-6: Why did Marcius go disguised to the house of Tullus?
Years 7-10: 1:
        2:

Cato the Younger
Years 4-6: Why did Marcius go disguised to the house of Tullus?
Years 7-10: 1:
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Timoleon
Years 4-6: Why did Marcius go disguised to the house of Tullus?
Years 7-10: 1:
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Brutus
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1: Give an account of the way in which Brutus and Cassius prepared for the battle of the Philippian Fields, or, How did Cassius comfort Brutus after the latter had seen a spirit?
        2: Compare and contrast the characters of Cassius and Brutus, giving illustrations.


The following are questions from PNEU exams, listed here to help in oming up with AO exam questions. After that, they'll be listed only on the sample exam pages.

Alcibiades, Form II
Alcibiades with all his "great courage and quickness of understanding had many great faults and imperfections." Tell a story to illustrate (a), his courage, (b), his envy (of Nicias).

Alcibiades, Form III
"Socrates' love and following of young men was indeed a thing sent from the gods." Tell two stories to show that Alcibiades valued it.

Alexander Part I, Form III
1. Describe (a), the meeting of Alexander with Diogenes, (b), how Alexander crossed the river Granicus.
2. How did Alexander spend his days at a time of leisure?

From another term:
Describe (a), the personal appearance, (b), the early education of Alexander the Great

Alexander Part I, Form II
Write an account of Alexander the Great and Bucephalus. 2. How did Alexander behave when ill towards his physician Philip?

Alexander Part II , Form II
1. Why and how did Alexander teach his men "to acquaint themselves with hardness"?
2. How did Alexander go to war with King Poros? Give the whole story.

Alexander Part II, Form III
1. On what occasions were the following words used? Tell the whole story in two cases. (a), "If I drink alone, all these men will faint." (b), "See where he lies, weeping like a slave upon the ground." (c) "One tear of a mother's eye will wipe out ten thousand such letters."
2. How did Alexander talk with the Philosophers of India?

From another term:
"Alexander loved to remember and reward the worthy deeds of men." Give two instances in details, OR, "To live at pleasure is a vile thing, and to travel is princely." Why did Alexander thus rebuke his friends? Tell the whole story

Aristides, Form II
1 How did Aristides (a) pacify the mutiny, and (b), put an end to a conspiracy of rich noblemen before the battle of Plataea?
2. Describe how Alexander revealed the Persians' secret council to Aristides.

Aristides, Form III
1. Tell what you know about Aristides as high treasurer of all the revenues of Athens.
2. Give an account of the conversation between Aristides and Themistocles before and after the battle of Salamis.

From another term:
It is said that once when a just man was commended in the theatre "all the people straight cast their eyes upon Aristides." Give two instances to explain why the audience thought at once of Aristides, OR, b) Give an account of the conversation between Aristides and Themistocles before and after the battle of Salamis.

Brutus, Form II
How did Brutus behave in besieging the city of (a), the Xanthians, (b), the Patareians? OR How did Lucilius save the life of Brutus?

Brutus , Form III (programme 106)
"Brutus tasted the benefit of Caesar's favour." Give instances, OR How did Phaonius "brake the strife" between Cassius and Brutus at Sardid. What led to it? Tell the whole story.

Cato (the younger), Form III
"He reformed the discipline of the Commonwealth of Rome by his wise precepts, good manners and holy institutions." Write a short account of Cato illustrating this inscription.

Cleomenes, Form III
What were some of the things that Cleomenes "thought most fit and honourable for a prince" in private and in public life?

Coriolanus, Form III
"Moreover he (Martius) said 'they nourished against themselves the naughty seed and cockle of insolency and sedition." Give some account of this rebellion of the people. How did Martius behave?

Demosthenes, Form II
Give some account of how Demosthenes went to hear an orator who "bore the bell of eloquence," and how he then trained himself to become an orator.

Demosthenes, Form III
"He won him marvellous fame for his great eloquence and plain manner of speech." By what means did Demosthenes attain this distinction?

Gracchis, Form III
Describe (a) one law, and (b) one action which won for Caius Gracchus "great love and commendation."

Julius Caesar, Form II
1.Tell one story to show how Caesar inspired his soldiers with valour.
2. Describe the crossing of the Rhine by Caesar.

Julius Caesar, Form III
1. Write about two of the following, in connection with Julius Caesar, --(a), "He was not kept as a prisoner..but rather as a prinnce." (b), On his reading the history of Alexander. (c), The crossing of the Rhine. (d), "He fell into many thoughts with himself" when he came to the Rubicon. (e), The soldiers at Brundusium "straight changed their complaints and minds."

Julius Caesar, Form IV
1. Sketch briefly the character of Julius Caesar, and say to what events in his life the following sayings refer,--
2. (a), "A man can be but once undone, come on."
3. (b), "Time of war and law are two things."
4. (c), "Thou has Caesar and his fortune with thee."

Nicias, Form III
a) Give two stories to show that Nicias favoured the people of Athens "with a natural fatherly love," OR, (b), Show what part Nicias took in the campaign against Syracuse.

Paulus Aemilius, Form III
Show how Aemilius (after his victory at Pydna) made his visit to Greece "an honourable progress and also a commendable," or b), Describe the behaviour of Perseus after the battle of Pydna.

Pericles, Form III
How did Pericles seek to win the favour of the people? Why did Pericles decide to make Athens a city of great beauty and by what means did he carry out his plans?

Pompey, Part II Form II
1. Telll a story to show how Pompey "fell into such a pride and glorious conceit of himself."
2. 2. Describe how Pompey "ran away, nor looking back for all he was so bold."

Pompey, Part II, Form III
1.Describe the third "Triumph" of Pompey. Why does Plutarch say, "O, happy had it been for him if he had died" at this time?

Other questions for Pompey:
Describe the occasion when Pompey and Sulla each saluted the other as "Imperator," and show how Pompey later made an enemy of Sulla.

Write a letter from Pompey describing ONE of the following,--(a), His campaign in Spain, (b), a meeting with Sulla, (c), his work in taming the pirates of the Mediterranean Sea.

Pompey, Form IV
1. "So great an Empire....could not contain the covetous desire of these two men." Give some account of Pompey and Caesar in this connection.

Pyrrhus, Form III
What counsel did Appius Claudius give the Senate after the first battle with Pyrrhus? Describe the second battle at Asculum.

Solon, Form III
(a), "They chose Solon general reformer of the law." OR (b) "Thus had Solon glory, for saving the honour of one king and the life of the other" Give the whole story.

T. Q. Flamininus , Form III
Describe the campaign of Titus in Epirus, showing how he made the Greeks willing to submit to him.

Themistocles, Form III
Why and by what steps did Themistocles persuade the Grecians to become "good mariners and passing seamen?" Describe briefly what happened at Salamis.

From another term:
Why did Themistocles go to Persia? Give some account of him at the court of Xerxes.

Timoleon, Form II
Describe (a), Timoleon's arrival in Sicily, or, (b), the desolation of Syracuse after the capture by Timoleon. What did Timoleon do to restore the city?

Timoleon, Form III
The success of Timoleon ''came of a most noble and fortuntae courage." Illustrate this from the story of the battle at the river Crimesus.

Aemillus Paulus
Years 4-6: Describe (a), how Perseus was betrayed by Orandes, yielded himself to the Romans and was brought before Aemilius, or, (b), the triumph which the Romans gave in honour of Paulus Aemilius.
Years 7-10: 1: Give the substance of the speech of Aemilius on the death of his two sons.
        2:Describe the behaviour of Perseus after the battle of Pydna.

Aristides
Years 4-6:
Years 7-10: 1:
        2: