Pompeii Quiz

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Pompeii Quiz

The lost city of Pompeii is one of the most prominent stories in the study of history, as it’s renowned for being cemented in place by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79 AD.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Where is Pompeii located?
    • A. 

      France

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      Spain

  • 2. 
    How far is Mt. Vesuvius from Pompeii?
    • A. 

      20.2 miles

    • B. 

      13.5 miles

    • C. 

      4.3 miles

  • 3. 
    What year did Mt. Vesuvius erupt?
    • A. 

      237 BC

    • B. 

      79AD

    • C. 

      227AD

  • 4. 
    What would have been the first sign that Mount Vesuvius was about to erupt?
    • A. 

      The animals began fleeing the area.

    • B. 

      There were earthquakes throughout the region.

    • C. 

      The sky darkened and there was a smell of sulfer.

  • 5. 
    If the Romans had known about the history of Mount Vesuvius, would the information have helped them survive?
    • A. 

      No, there were no previous eruptions.

    • B. 

      Yes, they would have known about two earlier catastrophic eruptions that wiped out entire populations.

    • C. 

      No, previous eruptions were so different and insignificant that the information would have been meaningless.

  • 6. 
    Mount Vesuvius had been dormant for more than 800 years before the eruption in 79 A.D. Did this make the eruption more or less dangerous?
    • A. 

      More dangerous. Being dormant for a long time combined with building seismic activity is a sign of disaster.

    • B. 

      Less dangerous. Being dormant for a long time actually decreases the pressure inside the volcano and lessened the power of the eruption.

    • C. 

      Neither. Being dormant for a long time has no affect on the size of the eruption.

  • 7. 
    On the day of the eruption the wind blew inland from the southeast. If the winds came from the north and blew out to sea would you have experenced less devastation?
    • A. 

      No, the winds make little difference to volcanic eruptions.

    • B. 

      No, the force of the eruption was so powerful that nothing was going to stop it.

    • C. 

      Yes, the wind would have blown the volcanos debris out over the bay and it would have caused less damage.

  • 8. 
    What was the major cause of Pompeii's destruction.
    • A. 

      Mt. Vesuvius erupted several times causing lava to flow through the city and turn it to ashes.

    • B. 

      Mt. Vesuvius produced large size boulders that crushed and covered the city.

    • C. 

      Mt. Vesuvius eruption cloud dropped hot gas and ashes covering the city.

  • 9. 
    How many people survived?
    • A. 

      Only 10 people survived.

    • B. 

      Almost everyone survived.

    • C. 

      No one survived.

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