The Landmark Thucydides 6.1 To 6.105

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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 seventeenth and eighteenth years of the war.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Where did the Athenians decide to attack next after the destruction of Melos?
    • A. 

      Sparta

    • B. 

      Thrace

    • C. 

      Italy

    • D. 

      Syracuse

  • 2. 
    What argument did the Egestaeans use to encourage Athens to attack Syracuse?
    • A. 

      The Dorian Syracusans might eventually come to the aid of the Dorian Peloponnesians.

    • B. 

      The Syracusans were planning to invade Attica.

    • C. 

      The Syracusans were scheming to take over all of Sicily.

    • D. 

      The Peloponnesians were actively seeking an alliance with Syracuse.

  • 3. 
    Why did the Athenian commander, Nicias, attempt to dissuade the Athenians from attacking Syracuse.
    • A. 

      He was unwilling to serve as the expedition's commander.

    • B. 

      He didn't think it was possible for the Athenian forces to defeat the Syracusans.

    • C. 

      He thought it was foolish to start another war when the peace with Sparta was still fragile.

    • D. 

      He sought an expedition against the Spartans.

  • 4. 
    What was the Athenian general Alcibiades charged with immediately prior to departing for Syracuse?
    • A. 

      Blasphemy and plotting to overthrow Athenian democracy.

    • B. 

      Homosexuality and plotting to set up a kingdom in Syracuse.

    • C. 

      Pornography and improperly awarding military contracts.

    • D. 

      Treason and plotting to betray Athens to the Spartans.

  • 5. 
    Why were both Hemocrates and Athenagoras confident that Syracuse would defeat an Athenian invasion.
    • A. 

      Numbers.

    • B. 

      Technology.

    • C. 

      Artillery.

    • D. 

      Logistics.

  • 6. 
    Why did the Athenian generals nearly decide to turn back and give up as soon as they reached Italy?
    • A. 

      Their supplies were beginning to run out.

    • B. 

      The allies they were counting on refused to join them.

    • C. 

      They finally began to listen to Nicias's doubts.

    • D. 

      They were frightened by the Syracusan fortifications.

  • 7. 
    Who deposed the Athenian tyrant Hippias?
    • A. 

      The Athenian people.

    • B. 

      Brutus.

    • C. 

      Aristogiton and Harmodius

    • D. 

      The Spartans.

  • 8. 
    What prevented Nicias from exploiting the Athenian victory at the Anapus River?
    • A. 

      The lack of cavalry.

    • B. 

      His forces were exhausted.

    • C. 

      The defeated Syracusans retreated out of the range of his naval artillery.

    • D. 

      The Syracusans fell back behind their walls.

  • 9. 
    How did the Athenians justify their hegemony to the Camarinaeans?
    • A. 

      Their democratic government.

    • B. 

      Their wealth.

    • C. 

      Their war against Persia.

    • D. 

      Their superiority of character.

  • 10. 
    Why did Alcibiades flee to Sparta?
    • A. 

      He had decided the war against Syracuse would lead to an Athenian defeat.

    • B. 

      He was summoned to Athens to face trial for plotting against the democracy.

    • C. 

      He discovered a plot by Nicias to kill him.

    • D. 

      He was a coward who couldn't face battle.

  • 11. 
    What strategy did Nicias adopt to defeat Syracuse in the second year of the Athenian invasion?
    • A. 

      Penetration and pocket capture.

    • B. 

      Buying off Syracuse's allies.

    • C. 

      Circumvallation and blockade.

    • D. 

      Building a large wooden badger and pretending to withdraw.