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GCSE questions on life in Pompeii before and during the eruption


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  • 1. 

    Where is Pompeii?

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Greece

    • C.

      Italy

    • D.

      Germany

    Correct Answer
    C. Italy
    Explanation
    Pompeii is located in Italy. It was an ancient Roman city near modern-day Naples. In 79 AD, the city was buried under volcanic ash and pumice after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The ruins of Pompeii have been excavated, providing valuable insights into the daily life and architecture of the Roman Empire.

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  • 2. 

    Who were the first people to discover Pompeii?

    • A.

      Oscans

    • B.

      Romans

    • C.

      Samenites

    • D.

      Etruscans

    Correct Answer
    A. Oscans
    Explanation
    The Oscans were the first people to discover Pompeii. They were an ancient Italic tribe who inhabited the region of Campania, where Pompeii is located. The Oscans settled in the area around the 8th century BC and established a flourishing civilization. Their discovery of Pompeii is significant because it highlights the early presence of human settlement in the region and provides insights into the ancient history and culture of the area.

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  • 3. 

    When did Mt Vesuvius erupt?

    • A.

      78 AD

    • B.

      76 AD

    • C.

      79 AD

    • D.

      76 BC

    Correct Answer
    C. 79 AD
    Explanation
    In 79 AD, Mt Vesuvius erupted. This eruption is famously known for the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The eruption was one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in history, burying the cities under layers of ash and volcanic debris. The event was documented by Pliny the Younger, providing valuable historical information about the eruption.

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  • 4. 

    A typical Pompeiian house ...

    • A.

      Was very large with many rooms and floors.

    • B.

      Had massive windows and big kitchens

    • C.

      Had no windows and were no larger (generally) than one insulae

    • D.

      Didn't exist they lived in small huts

    Correct Answer
    C. Had no windows and were no larger (generally) than one insulae
    Explanation
    Pompeiian houses were generally small in size and did not have windows. They were usually no larger than one insulae, which was a unit of measurement used in ancient Rome. This is in contrast to the other options mentioned, which describe houses that were either very large with many rooms and floors, had massive windows and big kitchens, or did not exist and people lived in small huts.

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  • 5. 

    They had 6 temples in the Forum

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "They had 6 temples in the Forum" is false. This means that they did not have 6 temples in the Forum.

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  • 6. 

    The House of Mysteries was called this because...

    • A.

      It was a torture house

    • B.

      It was home to a secret cult

    • C.

      The house was completely empty

    • D.

      It was the Roman Emperor's holiday home

    Correct Answer
    B. It was home to a secret cult
    Explanation
    The House of Mysteries was called this because it was home to a secret cult. This suggests that the house was known for housing a group of individuals who practiced mysterious and secretive rituals or beliefs. The term "Mysteries" implies that the activities and practices of the cult were not openly known or understood by the general public. The name highlights the secretive nature of the cult and the intrigue surrounding their activities within the house.

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  • 7. 

    The house of Vetti was owned by .. 

    • A.

      The Vetti Brothers

    • B.

      The Vetti Family

    • C.

      The Vetti Cult

    • D.

      An old emperor

    Correct Answer
    A. The Vetti Brothers
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The Vetti Brothers" because the question asks who owned the house of Vetti, implying that it was owned by multiple individuals rather than a single person or entity. The word "Brothers" suggests a familial relationship between the owners, further supporting this answer.

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  • 8. 

    The Pompeiians wore green togas

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There is no historical evidence or documentation that suggests that the Pompeiians specifically wore green togas. The color of togas worn by the people of Pompeii would have varied, just like in any other ancient Roman city. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 9. 

    Pompeii's neighbouring city which also got destroyed in the eruption was.. 

    • A.

      Naples

    • B.

      Heraculaneum

    • C.

      Baie

    • D.

      Misenum

    Correct Answer
    B. Heraculaneum
    Explanation
    Heraculaneum is the correct answer because it was indeed a neighboring city of Pompeii that was also destroyed in the eruption. Heraculaneum, along with Pompeii, was buried under layers of volcanic ash and lava when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. The ruins of Heraculaneum have been excavated and provide valuable insights into the daily life and architecture of ancient Roman cities.

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  • 10. 

    Pliny the younger lived in ...

    • A.

      Pompeii

    • B.

      Naples

    • C.

      Rome

    • D.

      Sicily

    Correct Answer
    B. Naples
    Explanation
    Pliny the Younger lived in Naples. This can be inferred from historical records and Pliny's own writings, as he was known to have a villa in the town of Misenum, which is located near Naples. Pliny was a prominent Roman lawyer, author, and magistrate who lived during the 1st century AD. He is best known for his letters, which provide valuable insights into the social and political life of ancient Rome.

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  • 11. 

    How did the archeologists find the bodies?

    • A.

      They dug down until they came across one

    • B.

      They waited until the pumice blew off

    • C.

      They melted the 4 layers of pumice and other debris and picked the bodies out.

    • D.

      They filled the holes in the pumice with plaster and chipped away, making a plaster cast of the bodies

    Correct Answer
    D. They filled the holes in the pumice with plaster and chipped away, making a plaster cast of the bodies
    Explanation
    The archaeologists found the bodies by filling the holes in the pumice with plaster and chipping away at it, which created a plaster cast of the bodies. This method allowed them to preserve and study the bodies without causing any damage.

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  • 12. 

    The cause of death was mainly .. 

    • A.

      Lava

    • B.

      Drowning

    • C.

      Suffocating

    • D.

      Suicide

    Correct Answer
    C. Suffocating
    Explanation
    The given options suggest different causes of death. Among these options, suffocating is the most plausible cause of death. Lava, drowning, and suicide are also possible causes of death, but suffocating is more likely as it can occur due to various reasons such as lack of oxygen, choking, or smothering.

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  • 13. 

    Lots of people survived the eruption

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement "Lots of people survived the eruption" is false. This means that a large number of people did not survive the eruption.

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