Punic Wars Quiz

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Punic Wars Quiz

A quiz for class on 5/09/09. This 15 question quiz will ask you to search various websites to anwer the multiple-guess questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What are the dates of the First Punic War? Please click here.
    • A. 

      753 BC - 509 BC

    • B. 

      218 BC - 201 BC

    • C. 

      264 BC - 241 BC

    • D. 

      431 BC - 404 BC

  • 2. 
    What does "Pyrrhic victory" mean? Please click here.
    • A. 

      A total destruction of enemy forces

    • B. 

      A made-up story about killing a Pyrrha

    • C. 

      A battle won at sea

    • D. 

      A battle won at too high a cost

  • 3. 
    The Romans were not as well schooled in naval warfare as the Carthaginians so instead of the "ramming" technique they used a corvus, a type of bridge, to turn it into essentially a land battle. The word corvus in Latin means:
    • A. 

      Raven

    • B. 

      Eagle

    • C. 

      Trireme

    • D. 

      Romulus

  • 4. 
     The guy pictured here was the father of Hannibal Barca and leader of the Carthaginian army in Spain before the Second Punic War. Click here:
    • A. 

      Hasdrubal

    • B. 

      Hamilcar

    • C. 

      Hanno the Great

    • D. 

      Scipio

  • 5. 
    A certain Latin phrase became a motto for the famous politician from Rome, Cato the Elder. He would remark "Carthago delenda est" after almost every speech that he made in the Senate.  "Carthago delenda est" in English means: click here.
    • A. 

      Carthage must be destroyed

    • B. 

      Carthage defends the east

    • C. 

      Carthage is really weak

    • D. 

      Carthage is great, and I love it because the people are the bomb

  • 6. 
    Hannibal Barca led his men, horses, and elephants on an almost unbelievably difficult journey in order to attack Rome from the north. On his way he crossed two mighty mountain ranges. Click here to find out the two mountains.. 
    • A. 

      Rocky and Blue

    • B. 

      Pyrenees and Alps

    • C. 

      Himalayas and Hindu Kush

    • D. 

      Alps and Atlas

  • 7. 
    By attacking this Roman ally, Hannibal triggered one of the most important wars of ancient times, the Second Punic War. The Romans failed to send help to this city right away because they underestimated Hannibal. The city is named: click here.
    • A. 

      Trebia

    • B. 

      Cannae

    • C. 

      Saguntum

    • D. 

      Trasimene

  • 8. 
    What fraction of the Roman army was killed at the Battle of Trebia?  click here for the video 
    • A. 

      30,000

    • B. 

      3/4

    • C. 

      2/3

    • D. 

      1/2

  • 9. 
    After these two terrible defeats, the Senate appointed a dictator who refused to meet Hannibal in a pitched battle. Instead he kept his troops close to Hannibal, hoping to exhaust him in along war of attrition. This guys name was: click here.
    • A. 

      Fabius Maximus

    • B. 

      Gnaeus Servilius Geminus

    • C. 

      Lucius Aemilius Paullus

    • D. 

      Gaius Terentius Varro

  • 10. 
    The Fabian strategy of stalling was very unpopular with Romans as they believed it showed weakness so the consul in charge that day, Varro, became too aggressive and despite a large numerical advantage lost the second most Roman men in any battle. Exact numbers are hard to come up with, but around this many Romans and allies died that day during the Battle of Cannae: click here   hannibal 
    • A. 

      15,000

    • B. 

      45,000

    • C. 

      95,000

    • D. 

      200,000

  • 11. 
    Within 3 years of Hannibal terrorizing Italy, this percentage of citizens over 17 years old died in fighting the Carthaginians: click here
    • A. 

      1/5

    • B. 

      1/4

    • C. 

      20%

    • D. 

      10%

  • 12. 
    This many Carthaginians died at Zama when Scipio used some of Hannibal's tactics against him: click here
    • A. 

      5000

    • B. 

      10000

    • C. 

      15000

    • D. 

      20000

  • 13. 
    Hannibal was chased by both Carthage and Rome after Zama. When his enemies finally found him, he committed suicide. He did this by: click here
    • A. 

      Taking poision

    • B. 

      Hanging himself

    • C. 

      Gunshot

    • D. 

      Drowning himself

  • 14. 
    True or False - According to this link (here), most experts believe that the Romans salted the fields of Carthage after defeating the Carthaginians once and for all.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False