Quiz: Trivia Questions On Ancient Greek Civilization

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Quiz: Trivia Questions On Ancient Greek Civilization

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  • 1. 
    What three seas connected Greece with the outside world?
    • A. 

      Arctic, Indian, Pacific

    • B. 

      Mediterranean, Atlantic, Black

    • C. 

      Ionian, Aegean, Indian

    • D. 

      Aegean, Black, Mediterranean

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    Which geographic features played significant roles in the development of Greek civilization?
    • A. 

      Deserts and oases

    • B. 

      River valleys and fertile plains

    • C. 

      Mountains and seas

    • D. 

      Spacious skies and amber waves of grain

    • E. 

      Both B and C

  • 3. 
    Which of the following statements describes some element Greece's geography?
    • A. 

      Greece is a peninsula surrounded by over 1000 islands

    • B. 

      Greece is very mountainous

    • C. 

      Greece is a land of vast fertile plains

    • D. 

      A and B only

    • E. 

      A and C only

  • 4. 
    The first Greek civilization to develop was:
    • A. 

      The Minoan civilization on the island of Crete

    • B. 

      The Mycenaean civilization on the Greek mainland

    • C. 

      The Ionian civilizaiton in Asia Minor

    • D. 

      The Spartan civilization of the Peloponnesus

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    Which of the following statements describes the Dark Ages of Greece?
    • A. 

      They occurred after the fall of the Mycenaean civilization

    • B. 

      There was a significant decline in the population

    • C. 

      There was a significant decline in food production

    • D. 

      There was a significant decline in literacy and education

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 6. 
    Who wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey?
    • A. 

      Herodotus

    • B. 

      Pericles

    • C. 

      Homer

    • D. 

      Hesiod

    • E. 

      Sappho

  • 7. 
    Which of the following statements is true concerning the Iliad?
    • A. 

      It was just an adventure story for kids

    • B. 

      Greeks considered it to be a record of their history

    • C. 

      It was based on tales that had been passed down orally for many generations

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      B and C only

  • 8. 
    What is the Greek word for city-state?
    • A. 

      Hoplite

    • B. 

      Polis

    • C. 

      Agora

    • D. 

      Parthenon

    • E. 

      Stoa

  • 9. 
    Which city-state was ruled by an oligarchy?
    • A. 

      Sparta

    • B. 

      Athens

    • C. 

      Corinth

    • D. 

      Argos

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    Which city-state created the first democratic form of government?
    • A. 

      Sparta

    • B. 

      Athens

    • C. 

      Corinth

    • D. 

      Argos

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 11. 
    The rectangular formation of soldiers standing shoulder to shoulder was called a ______.
    • A. 

      Hoplite

    • B. 

      Phalanx

    • C. 

      Rear guard

    • D. 

      Cavalry

    • E. 

      Both A and C

  • 12. 
    Which of the following is true of a hoplite?
    • A. 

      They were soldiers on horseback

    • B. 

      Their main weapons were bow and arrow

    • C. 

      They wore light chain mail

    • D. 

      They carried long swords

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 13. 
    Which statement is NOT true of the Athenian attitude toward women?
    • A. 

      Women had no rights

    • B. 

      Women could not participate in politics

    • C. 

      Women were held in high honor and greatly respected

    • D. 

      Women were essentially baby-making machines

    • E. 

      Both B and C

  • 14. 
    Why did Spartans provide young girls with an education and athletic training?
    • A. 

      If all the men were killed, the women would have to fight.

    • B. 

      Women had to be strong and healthy in order to have strong and healthy children.

    • C. 

      Woman had to be prepared to serve in the Spartan counsil.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Both A and C

  • 15. 
    Who took Athenian democracy to its highest form through the promotion of arts & sciences?
    • A. 

      Pericles

    • B. 

      Pythagoras

    • C. 

      Pheidias

    • D. 

      Plato

    • E. 

      Polykleitos

  • 16. 
    Who is considered the father of history?
    • A. 

      Homer

    • B. 

      Hippocrates

    • C. 

      Herodotus

    • D. 

      Hesiod

    • E. 

      Iktinos

  • 17. 
    Who is considered the father of modern medicine?
    • A. 

      Homer

    • B. 

      Hippocrates

    • C. 

      Herodotus

    • D. 

      Hesiod

    • E. 

      Iktinos

  • 18. 
    Which philosopher believed that "scientific" observation of a thing could lead to the discovery of its true nature?
    • A. 

      Democritus

    • B. 

      Socrates

    • C. 

      Plato

    • D. 

      Aristotle

    • E. 

      Epicurus

  • 19. 
    Which philosopher used a question and answer method still used in schools today?
    • A. 

      Democritus

    • B. 

      Socrates

    • C. 

      Plato

    • D. 

      Aristotle

    • E. 

      Epicurus

  • 20. 
    Which philosopher started the first university called the Academy in Athens?
    • A. 

      Democritus

    • B. 

      Socrates

    • C. 

      Plato

    • D. 

      Aristotle

    • E. 

      Epicurus

  • 21. 
    What creations of Aesop's still exist today?
    • A. 

      A collection of fables

    • B. 

      A collection of stories wherein animal characters give lessons on life

    • C. 

      A collection of epic poems

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      A and B only

  • 22. 
    In which of the following fields did Greeks make significant contributions to Western Civilization?
    • A. 

      Art and architecture

    • B. 

      Drama and literature

    • C. 

      Math and science

    • D. 

      Politics, philosophy, history

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 23. 
    Which of the following statements describes the agoge?
    • A. 

      Spartan military training

    • B. 

      It began at the age of 7 (for boys only)

    • C. 

      It included surviving a year in the wild on your own

    • D. 

      It was so harsh that it sometimes resulted in the severe injury or death of a trainee

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 24. 
    What does the word "democracy" mean?
    • A. 

      Rule by the people

    • B. 

      Rule of the few

    • C. 

      Rule of the rich

    • D. 

      Rule of the aristocrats

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 25. 
    Who was excluded from participating in the first form of democracy?
    • A. 

      Foreigners

    • B. 

      Women

    • C. 

      Slaves

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      B and C only