The Landmark Thucydides 4.1 To 4.135

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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 seventh, eighth and ninth years of the war.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which Sicilian city revolted from Athens in the summer of the war's seventh year?
    • A. 

      Syracuse

    • B. 

      Locris

    • C. 

      Rhegium

    • D. 

      Messana

  • 2. 
    Why did Athens reject the treaty of peace and alliance offered by Sparta during the armistice at Pylos?
    • A. 

      Cleon encouraged the Athenians to push for a more favorable peace settlement.

    • B. 

      Pericles believed that the Spartans were only attempting to buy time.

    • C. 

      Demosthenes convinced the Athenians that he could wipe out the Spartan force there.

    • D. 

      The Spartans successfully broke the Athenian blockade and changed the offered terms.

  • 3. 
    How many Spartans were captured at Pylos?
    • A. 

      300 hoplites

    • B. 

      400 hoplites, including 20 Spartiates

    • C. 

      292 hoplites, including 120 Spartiates

    • D. 

      2,500 hoplites

  • 4. 
    A Spartiate was:
    • A. 

      A female Spartan.

    • B. 

      An elite Spartan.

    • C. 

      A Spartan-in-training.

    • D. 

      A Spartan elder.

  • 5. 
    Who finally won the bitter civil war in Corcyra?
    • A. 

      The Corcyran People.

    • B. 

      The Corcyran oligarchs.

    • C. 

      The Athenians.

    • D. 

      No one.

  • 6. 
    What inspired the Spartans to develop a mobile coast defense, complete with cavalry and archers?
    • A. 

      The capture of their surrendered hoplites.

    • B. 

      The success of the Aetolian peltasts at Aegitium.

    • C. 

      The strategic insight of their best general, Brasidas.

    • D. 

      The fear inspired by their losses at Pylos and Cythera.

  • 7. 
    How did Hemocrates convince the rival Sicilian cities to end their violent rivalries?
    • A. 

      He brokered a fair settlement between the various parties.

    • B. 

      He appealed to their fear of subjugation by Athens.

    • C. 

      He threatened them with the might of Syracuse.

    • D. 

      He convinced them to join the Peloponnesian League.

  • 8. 
    Why were the Athenian generals Pythodorus, Sophocles and Eurymedon prosecuted and punished by Athens?
    • A. 

      They were unable to conquer Sicily.

    • B. 

      They were traitors in the pay of Sparta.

    • C. 

      They failed to prevent the Spartans captured at Pylos from escaping.

    • D. 

      They failed to guard the Piraeus from a Spartan sneak attack.

  • 9. 
    Which non-Spartan army defeated the Athenians at Delium?
    • A. 

      The Thracians.

    • B. 

      The Macedonians.

    • C. 

      The Boeotians.

    • D. 

      The Megarans.

  • 10. 
    Who was the aggressive Spartan general who failed at Pylos, but successfully instigated revolts against Athens throughout Thrace and Thessaly?
    • A. 

      Pagondas

    • B. 

      Brasidas

    • C. 

      Styphon

    • D. 

      Epitadas

  • 11. 
    Why did the Athenians agree to a one-year armistice only two years after rejecting a peace offer from Sparta?
    • A. 

      They wanted time to build more ships.

    • B. 

      The defeat at Delium had left them short of infantry.

    • C. 

      They were afraid of Brasidas encouraging more cities to revolt against them.

    • D. 

      They were running short of money.