Gladiator Novel Questions! Trivia Quiz

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Have you read the gladiator novel questions? This book shows the journey where Marcus Aurelius wanted to give power to Maximus and not Commodus as Caesar. How well do you actually know this story? The quiz below is perfect for testing out just how much you remember from it. If you do not get the questions right you should try and read the book again. All the best as you tackle it!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why does the story begin with Maximus touching wheat as he walks?
    • A. 

      Because wheat was very important in the Roman Empire

    • B. 

      Because he was hungry and thinking about eating bread

    • C. 

      Because Maximus was getting ready for battle in a wheat field

    • D. 

      Because Maximus was thinking about his old life as a farmer

  • 2. 
    Maximus was a __________ in the Roman army.
    • A. 

      General

    • B. 

      Captain

    • C. 

      Commander

    • D. 

      King

  • 3. 
    Before Caesar Marcus died, Lucilla said to Marcus, "This is a pleasant fiction." What was she talking about?
    • A. 

      They are pretending that the war will be over forever.

    • B. 

      They are reading a good story together.

    • C. 

      They are pretending that they have a good relationship.

    • D. 

      They are pretending that Commodus is a good man.

  • 4. 
    Why did Marcus think that Maximus would do a good job as the Protector of Rome.
    • A. 

      Because Maximus has killed many enemy men.

    • B. 

      Because Maximus has been to Rome many times and knows the city very well.

    • C. 

      Because Lucilla loves Maximus.

    • D. 

      Because Maximus has said that he does not want power and authority.

  • 5. 
    One of the Senators said, "The beating heart of Rome isn't in the walls of the Senate. It's on the sand of the Coliseum." What did this mean?
    • A. 

      The Senator believes that the people of Rome have hearts made from sand.

    • B. 

      The Senator believes that the physical center of the city is in the Coliseum, not in the center.

    • C. 

      The Senator believes that there are more people in the Senate than in the Coliseum.

    • D. 

      The Senator believes that people are more interested in fighting, violence, and entertainment than they are in politics and freedom.

  • 6. 
    Why did Maximus have the letters SPQR on his arm?
    • A. 

      They are his son's initials

    • B. 

      SPQR is the Latin word for Maximus

    • C. 

      SPQR are the letters of the Roman army

    • D. 

      All gladiators get the letters SPQR tattooed on their arms.

  • 7. 
    After winning a fight in the Gladiator's ring, Maximus threw a sword in the crowd and shouted at them, "Are you not entertained?" Why did he say that?
    • A. 

      He was angry because they enjoyed watching people die.

    • B. 

      He was angry because someone in the crowd said the fight was boring.

    • C. 

      He was happy because the crowd was cheering him loudly.

    • D. 

      He was happy because he had just won a difficult fight.

  • 8. 
    What did Proximo do "a long time ago"?
    • A. 

      He worked on a farm.

    • B. 

      He was the Caesar of Rome.

    • C. 

      He won his freedom as a gladiator.

    • D. 

      He met Maximus when Maximus was a child.

  • 9. 
    Commodus paid for the Games by ______________.
    • A. 

      Selling gold and silver to the Germans

    • B. 

      Selling wheat and taking money from the senators

    • C. 

      Making new taxes for the people

    • D. 

      Stealing money from his enemies

  • 10. 
    In Rome, Maximus met a young boy. Why was Maximus surprised?
    • A. 

      Maximus knew the boy's mother, Lucilla.

    • B. 

      The boy challenged Maximus to a fight.

    • C. 

      The boy killed a slave in the Colosseum.

    • D. 

      Maximus thought the boy was his own son.

  • 11. 
    Why was Maximus so angry and full of hate?
    • A. 

      He was not physically strong.

    • B. 

      He didn't have a wife.

    • C. 

      He didn't think anyone loved him.

    • D. 

      He never became Caesar of Rome, and that was his dream.

  • 12. 
    When Maximus fought the Frenchman in the Colosseum, what animals were also in the arena?
    • A. 

      Lions

    • B. 

      Tigers

    • C. 

      Bears

    • D. 

      Lions, and tiger, and bears

  • 13. 
    Throughout the book, why did Maximus continue to fight in the arena?
    • A. 

      He wants to become Caesar of Rome.

    • B. 

      He wants to lead the army again.

    • C. 

      He wants to kill Commodus.

    • D. 

      He wants to earn money fighting.

  • 14. 
    Why was a wooden sword important to Proximo?
    • A. 

      He used it to fight the Romans.

    • B. 

      Maximus made it for him.

    • C. 

      His father had given it to him when he was a boy.

    • D. 

      The Emperor gave it to him when he became free.

  • 15. 
    Why did Juba bury two wooden figures?
    • A. 

      Because he thinks it will help him find his wife and children in Africa

    • B. 

      So that Maximus will be able to find his wife and son in the next life.

    • C. 

      So that Commodus won't find them.

    • D. 

      So that he can come back and find them later.

  • 16. 
    Immediately after Marcus died, what did Commodus do? Check all that are correct.
    • A. 

      Orders his guards to put Maximus in jail

    • B. 

      Orders his men to kill Maximus's family

    • C. 

      Gives Maximus one chance to join him

    • D. 

      Admits that he killed Marcus

  • 17. 
    Which of the following were Proximo's slaves? 
    • A. 

      Haken

    • B. 

      Quintus

    • C. 

      Juba

    • D. 

      Maximus

  • 18. 
    Which of these titles did Maximus have? 
    • A. 

      Commander of the Army of the North

    • B. 

      General of the Western Armies

    • C. 

      Caesar of Rome

    • D. 

      Captain of the Spanish Army

  • 19. 
    Who is alive at the end of the book?
    • A. 

      Proximo

    • B. 

      Commodus

    • C. 

      Maximus

    • D. 

      Lucilla

  • 20. 
    What things are important to Maximus? 
    • A. 

      Honor

    • B. 

      Family

    • C. 

      Money

    • D. 

      Power

  • 21. 
    Lucilla was once in love with Maximus.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 22. 
    After Marcus died, Commodus ordered Maximus to be killed. However, one of the Roman soldiers who loved Maximus let him go instead.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 23. 
    Proximo went to Africa to capture slaves to use as Gladiators.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    When a gladiator won a battle, he raised his right arm to show that he had won.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    Commodus makes his fight against Maximus unfair by giving Maximus poison before the fight.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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