The Landmark Thucydides 3.1 To 3.116

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The Landmark Thucydides Quizzes & Trivia

A 12-question quiz on The History of the Peloponnesian War, based on The Landmark Thucydides and covering the fourth, fifth and sixth years of the war.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What powerful city led the entire island of Lesbos, except Methymna, into rebellion against Athens in the fourth year of the war.
    • A. 

      Thebes

    • B. 

      Sparta

    • C. 

      Corinth

    • D. 

      Mytilene

  • 2. 
    Why did the Mytilenians tell the Spartans they were rebelling against Athens.
    • A. 

      Because they hoped to share in the spoils of a conquered Athens.

    • B. 

      Because Athens had enslaved all her other allies.

    • C. 

      Because they were afraid the Athenians would lose the war.

    • D. 

      Because the Spartans were willing to bribe them to switch sides.

  • 3. 
    How many warships did Athens have on active service at sea during this summer.
    • A. 

      35

    • B. 

      150

    • C. 

      250

    • D. 

      400

  • 4. 
    Who was the Athenian most responsible for convincing the Athenians to vote to put the entire population of Mytilene to death.
    • A. 

      Pericles

    • B. 

      Themistocles

    • C. 

      Diodotus

    • D. 

      Cleon

  • 5. 
    Why did the Plataeans argue they should be spared by the Spartan judges to whom they appealed after surrendering the city.
    • A. 

      Because during the Persian War, they had fought with the Spartans against the Persians and the Thebans had fought against the Spartans.

    • B. 

      Because executing them would have been a violation of the Geneva Convention.

    • C. 

      Because Athens would seek vengeance for their deaths.

    • D. 

      Because they had been of service to the Spartans during the war.

  • 6. 
    Which Athenian ally experienced a bloody revolution which caused it to temporarily withdraw from the Delian League?
    • A. 

      Mytilene

    • B. 

      Plataea

    • C. 

      Corcyra

    • D. 

      Potidaea

  • 7. 
    What was the cause of "every form of iniquity" taking root in Hellenic countries, according to Thucydides?
    • A. 

      The plague

    • B. 

      Revolution

    • C. 

      Athenian imperialism

    • D. 

      The love of money

  • 8. 
    Select BOTH of the two reasons given by Thucydides for the Athenian decision to send a fleet to Sicily.
    • A. 

      To forestall a rebellion at Leontini

    • B. 

      To prevent corn from being exported to the Peloponnesus.

    • C. 

      To obtain more lumber in order to build more ships.

    • D. 

      To test the possibility of conquering Sicily

  • 9. 
    What was the name of the new city-colony established by Sparta near Thermopylae, the pass made famous by King Leonidas?
    • A. 

      Melos

    • B. 

      New Sparta

    • C. 

      Heraclea

    • D. 

      Leonidas

  • 10. 
    How did the Aetolians manage to defeat the Athenian army led by Demosthenes at Aegitium?
    • A. 

      Their lightly armed javelinists were able to prevent the hoplites from closing with them.

    • B. 

      They bribed the Athenians' Messenian guide to lead them into an ambush.

    • C. 

      They significantly outnumbered the Athenians.

    • D. 

      Demonsthenes was an inept general.

  • 11. 
    How did Demosthenes defeat a larger Peloponnesian army led by Eurylochus at Amphilochia?
    • A. 

      He made use of the mobile tactics previously used against him by the Aetolians.

    • B. 

      His pre-battle speech so inspired the Athenians that they overwhelmed the Ambraciots on the Peloponnesian left.

    • C. 

      He set up an ambush that hit the enemy's left wing from behind once they were engaged.

    • D. 

      He built a very large line of forts and trenches that forced the Peloponnesians to attack him in a strong defensive position.

  • 12. 
    What rare event marked the end of the sixth year of the war?
    • A. 

      A strange star appeared in the skies for many nights.

    • B. 

      Mount Etna erupted.

    • C. 

      An asteroid struck the Acropolis.

    • D. 

      A tidal wave struck the western coast of the Peloponnesus.