Ancient Greece Pre-assessment

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Ancient Greece Pre-assessment

Ancient Greece was one of the most known civilizations in the world. The quiz below is designed to test out what you know about it and your readiness for the exam that is just around the corner. Give it a try and refresh your memory. All the best as you do!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What makes Greece a peninsula?
    • A. 

      The lack of large rivers

    • B. 

      The water on three sides

    • C. 

      The steep mountain slopes

    • D. 

      The large number of islands

  • 2. 
    How did Greek Mountains affect communication?
    • A. 

      They isolated communities.

    • B. 

      They promoted road building.

    • C. 

      They led people to write letters.

    • D. 

      They made farmers stop speaking.

  • 3. 
    The ancient Greeks did not lik to travel on land bacause they
    • A. 

      Did not want to offend the earth god.

    • B. 

      Were afraid of people from other villages.

    • C. 

      Used the land for farming instead of roads.

    • D. 

      Found traveling through the mountains difficult.

  • 4. 
    What made farming in ancient Greece especially difficult?
    • A. 

      Mud

    • B. 

      Rocks

    • C. 

      Bandits

    • D. 

      Climate

  • 5. 
    The ancient Greeks worshipped the sea god Poseidon. What does this tell about the Greeks?
    • A. 

      Thy believed in only one god.

    • B. 

      They lived in seperate villages.

    • C. 

      They relied on the sea for travel and trade.

    • D. 

      They stayed away from the sea as much as they could.

  • 6. 
    Suppose an adviser told a farmer, " You could grow more crops by using irrigation." What would the Greek farmer most likely reply?
    • A. 

      Our land is too low and flat.

    • B. 

      We do not have a big enough river.

    • C. 

      We do not have the labor to build ditches.

    • D. 

      Our engineers do not have the skill to design that.

  • 7. 
    Why did Greek communities sometimes fight each other?
    • A. 

      They had too many soldiers.

    • B. 

      They were crowded together.

    • C. 

      They could not start colonies.

    • D. 

      They each wanted more land.

  • 8. 
    Why did ancient Greek communities trade?
    • A. 

      To stop having to farm

    • B. 

      To get goods they needed

    • C. 

      To enjoy adventures at sea

    • D. 

      To give families work to do

  • 9. 
    Which choice of titles would best fit as colomn headings for the chart that is on the board? (LOOK AT THE WHITEBOARD TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION.)
    • A. 

      Wants and Needs

    • B. 

      Farms and Villages

    • C. 

      Goods and Services

    • D. 

      Exports and Imports

  • 10. 
    How was it possible that different parts of Greece had different forms of government?
    • A. 

      Different languages made communication difficult.

    • B. 

      Steep mountains kept people from different areas apart.

    • C. 

      Colonies were started by groups from different countries.

    • D. 

      Different kings made different rules about how to govern.

  • 11. 
    Which form of government in a Greek city-state usually came first?
    • A. 

      Tyranny

    • B. 

      Oligarchy

    • C. 

      Monarchy

    • D. 

      Democracy

  • 12. 
    How did most kings in ancient Greece come to power?
    • A. 

      They inherited from a relative.

    • B. 

      They were elected by the people.

    • C. 

      They paid merchants for support.

    • D. 

      They used soldiers to take control.

  • 13. 
    Which word in English comes from a Greek word meaning "few"?
    • A. 

      Tyrant

    • B. 

      Oligarch

    • C. 

      Monarch

    • D. 

      Democrat

  • 14. 
    Who would most likely said these words? I was in the army when people began to complain about members of the government getting richer while everybody else was getting poorer. So I stepped forward, and with the people's help, I became the leader.
    • A. 

      A king

    • B. 

      A tyrant

    • C. 

      A citizen

    • D. 

      An aristocrat

  • 15. 
    How was democracy in Athens different from other ancient forms of government?
    • A. 

      People might vote unwisely.

    • B. 

      Merchants made all the laws.

    • C. 

      Slaves were equal to free men.

    • D. 

      All citizens shared ruling power.

  • 16. 
    How was ancient Greek democracy different from democracy in the United States today?
    • A. 

      Citizens voted directly on all issues.

    • B. 

      Citizens gave their leaders total power.

    • C. 

      Citizens elected representatives to make laws.

    • D. 

      Citizens listened to the ideas of powerful speakers.

  • 17. 
    What idea that is important today came from ancient Athens?
    • A. 

      Nobody should be a slave.

    • B. 

      People should rulee themselves.

    • C. 

      Men and women should be equal.

    • D. 

      Leaders should be both wise and good.

  • 18. 
    Which feature of Athens's geography most affected its economy?
    • A. 

      It was on a peninsula.

    • B. 

      It was close to the sea.

    • C. 

      It was built on rocky cliffs.

    • D. 

      It was surrounded by fertile fields.

  • 19. 
    Which physical feature made Sparta somewhat isolated?
    • A. 

      Poor soil

    • B. 

      Broad rivers

    • C. 

      Major highways

    • D. 

      Surrounding mountains

  • 20. 
    How would a man become a member of Athen's Council of 500?
    • A. 

      He inherited the position.

    • B. 

      He was elected by citizens.

    • C. 

      He was chosen in a drawing.

    • D. 

      He overthrew a council member.

  • 21. 
    Why did Athenian schoolboys have to memorize everything?
    • A. 

      There were not enough books.

    • B. 

      Public speaking was important.

    • C. 

      They wanted to become citizens

    • D. 

      Examinations were very difficult.

  • 22. 
    A 12 year old Athenian girl would most likely get her education
    • A. 

      In another city.

    • B. 

      In a day school.

    • C. 

      From a priestess.

    • D. 

      From her mother.

  • 23. 
    Why is Sparta said to have been an oligarchy?
    • A. 

      Military strength was valued.

    • B. 

      It was organized as a city-state.

    • C. 

      The government had two kings.

    • D. 

      A small group held the most power.

  • 24. 
    Who made the most important government decisions in Sparta?
    • A. 

      Th Assembly

    • B. 

      The military leaders

    • C. 

      The Council of Elders

    • D. 

      The winners of sports games

  • 25. 
    Which sentence best describes education in Sparta?
    • A. 

      Children did not learn to read.

    • B. 

      Children studied sculpture and painting.

    • C. 

      Both boys and girls got military training.

    • D. 

      Both boys and girls learned to cook and clean.

  • 26. 
    Unlike the women of Athens, the women of Sparta
    • A. 

      Could not vote.

    • B. 

      Could own a lot of property.

    • C. 

      Had most influence in the home.

    • D. 

      Served equally with men in the army.

  • 27. 
    The Persian Empire began in present-day
    • A. 

      Iran.

    • B. 

      Italy.

    • C. 

      Russia.

    • D. 

      North Africa.

  • 28. 
    What was one reason Persia attacked Greece?
    • A. 

      Persia wanted revenge.

    • B. 

      Persia wanted farmland.

    • C. 

      Persia wanted Greek culture.

    • D. 

      Persia wanted better schools.

  • 29. 
    Suppose that an Athenian soldier wrote this passage, about 480 B.C.E. I will stand shoulder to shoulder with the brave men of Greece-- Spartans as well as my fellow Athenians--and fight to the death, if that is what it takes to stop the Persians. What does this passage indicate?
    • A. 

      Greece had never been invaded before.

    • B. 

      Greek men had never fought without women before.

    • C. 

      Athens and Sparta together would be stronger than Persia.

    • D. 

      Athenians and Spartans would join to fight a common enemy.

  • 30. 
    What was an important result of the Persian wars?
    • A. 

      They ended Greek independence.

    • B. 

      They destroyed the city of Sparta.

    • C. 

      They caused the Greeks to invent new gods.

    • D. 

      They prevented Persia from conquering Greece.

  • 31. 
    Why is Alexander called "Great"?
    • A. 

      He conquered a huge area.

    • B. 

      He created a lasting empire.

    • C. 

      He spread new kinds of farming.

    • D. 

      He set up independent city-states.

  • 32. 
    What was the lasting influence of Alexander's conquests to many places?
    • A. 

      The rise of a new religion

    • B. 

      The spread of Greek culture

    • C. 

      The growth of a nomadic way of life

    • D. 

      The political unity of Asia and Egypt

  • 33. 
    Which of the choices below is a part of American democracy that come from the ancient Greeks?
    • A. 

      Juries of citizens

    • B. 

      A Council of Elders

    • C. 

      One official religion

    • D. 

      Independent city-states

  • 34. 
    Which one of these list of items would Pythagoras and Euclid most likely have written about?
    • A. 

      Rocks, stones, and dirt

    • B. 

      Skin, blood, and bones

    • C. 

      Lines, circles, and squares

    • D. 

      Actors, costumes, and stages

  • 35. 
    Which of these ideas was first introduced in ancient Greece?
    • A. 

      Earth moves around the sun.

    • B. 

      The planets affect human lives.

    • C. 

      It is good to study the night sky.

    • D. 

      The moon seems to change shape.

  • 36. 
    Who would be the most likely to use lines of latitude and longitude?
    • A. 

      A painter

    • B. 

      An architect

    • C. 

      A mapmaker

    • D. 

      An astronomer

  • 37. 
    What influence from ancient Greece is visible in the picture of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.? (Refer to the picture on the smartboard)
    • A. 

      The use of columns

    • B. 

      The honoring of heroes

    • C. 

      The effect of bright lights

    • D. 

      The importance of religion

  • 38. 
    What was the purpose of the first Olympics?
    • A. 

      To honor a Greek god

    • B. 

      To choose military leaders

    • C. 

      To decide who would be king

    • D. 

      To reach the top of Mount Olympus

  • 39. 
    How did Greek scientists make their most important discoveries?
    • A. 

      THey got the citizens to vote.

    • B. 

      They translated Egyptian texts.

    • C. 

      They built complicated machines.

    • D. 

      They observed and asked questions.

  • 40. 
    The world's first democracy was located in the city-state of Athens.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False