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Question 1

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Which poem(s) fill in the gaps left by the Iliad and Odyssey?
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  • Cyclic poems
  • Hesiod Works & Days
  • Aeneid
  • Hesiod Theogony

Question 2

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In the "myth of ages," each age is worse than the previous, except the age of ...
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  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Heroes
  • Iron

Question 3

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Mycenaean buildings described as "tholos" or "beehive" served what function?
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  • Fortification
  • Barns
  • Housing
  • Tombs

Question 4

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The Greek alphabet developed from ...
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  • Phoenician alphabet
  • Latin alphabet
  • Egyptian hieroglyphs
  • Linear B

Question 5

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The word "Panhellenic" describes things which are ...
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  • Related to Helen
  • Dedicated to the god Pan
  • Valid/recognised by all Greek peoples
  • Cast iron cookware

Question 6

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Which of the following is part of a proper welcome for a stranger in the context of the Odyssey?
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  • Invite the stranger for sex
  • Find out who the stranger is before anything else
  • Offer food before inquiring about the stranger
  • Make the stranger forget his home

Question 7

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Which of these are common finds in neolithic sites in Greece and Asia Minor?
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  • Ivory horns
  • Bronze weapons
  • Female figurines
  • Iron rings

Question 8

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The Mycenaeans used which form of writing?
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  • Linear A
  • Linear B
  • Phoenician alphabet
  • Greek alphabet

Question 9

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What is an acropolis?
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  • Bronze tip of a spear
  • An unknown ritual
  • The first fruits of the harvest
  • The citadel of a city state

Question 10

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The “tyrant” in archaic Greece was always seen as an oppressive and cruel figure.
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  • True
  • False

Question 11

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The Eleusinian Mysteries were dedicated to:
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  • Athena
  • Demeter and Persephone
  • Drinking
  • Asclepius

Question 12

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Which event was the immediate cause of the Persian invasions?
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  • Ionian revolt
  • Persian conquest of Lydia
  • Battle of Salamis
  • Battle of Marathon

Question 13

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What is the main service provided at the sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus?
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  • healing
  • theatrical performance
  • snake worship
  • prophecy

Question 14

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Which of the following is not true of the Olympian gods?
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  • Their cults are often sponsored by the city
  • They are associated with important aspects of human life
  • They include the goddess Athena
  • They are secret and obscure

Question 15

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How did the Greeks of archaic and classical times try to understand the remains of Minoan and Mycenaean civilisations?
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  • Interpretation according to mythology
  • The Greeks were not curious about the remains
  • Archaeological excavation
  • There were no remains

Question 16

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According to Hesiod, the successive revolutions in heaven led to the rule of the following gods in order:
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  • Zeus to Cronos to Uranus
  • Cronos to Athena to Uranus
  • Uranus to Cronos to Zeus
  • Cronos to Zeus to Athena

Question 17

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Who was the founder and first Great King of the Achaemenid Persian empire?
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  • Cambyses II
  • Xerxes
  • Cyrus the Great
  • Darius the Great

Question 18

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More than half of the Odyssey narrates the adventures of Odysseus as he struggles to return home.
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  • True
  • False

Question 19

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All the Greek city states were united in resisting the Persian invasions.
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  • True
  • False

Question 20

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Which of the following years falls within the Archaic period?
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  • 300 BCE
  • 600 BCE
  • 1,500 BCE
  • 30 CE

Question 21

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What kind of constitution did Solon put in place in 594?
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  • aristocratic oligarchy
  • democracy
  • monarchy
  • plutocracy

Question 22

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The Greek language is part of which language family?
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  • Indo-European
  • Italic
  • Semitic
  • Germanic

Question 23

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What kind of large-scale building is associated with Minoan society?
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  • palaces
  • castles
  • schools
  • pyramids

Question 24

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What was the reason for the Greek expedition to Troy?
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  • Religious expansion
  • Trojans declared war
  • Imperialism
  • Abduction of Helen

Question 25

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Heinrich Schliemann was correct in identifying the treasures he found at the site of Troy as “Priam’s treasure” and the “Jewels of Helen.”
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  • True
  • False

Question 26

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Whose death made Achilles re-enter battle in order to seek revenge?
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  • Helen
  • Hector
  • Patroclus
  • Agamemnon

Question 27

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Which of the following battles did the Persians win?
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  • Plataea
  • Marathon
  • Salamis
  • Thermopylae

Question 28

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In the context of the sanctuary of Asclepius, what is meant by “incubation”?
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  • Sacrifice of lard cubes
  • Breeding sacred snakes
  • Sleeping for healing
  • Ritual prostitution

Question 29

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What kind of government did Athens have just before the reforms of Solon?
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  • aristocratic oligarchy
  • monarchy
  • plutocracy
  • democracy

Question 30

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Which of the following contributed to the instability of early Athenian constitution?
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  • Gender inequality
  • Debt slavery
  • Commercial wealth
  • 2 of the above

Question 31

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Which of the following is an example of the principle of contagion in magical rituals?
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  • melting wax in order that the target melts with love
  • burning part of a cloak that belongs to the target
  • kidnapping the target and beating him with a cane
  • sacrificing a piglet to dark divinities

Question 32

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Common sacrifice victims include cattle, sheep, and criminals.
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  • True
  • False

Question 33

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Which of the following is the smallest unit?
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  • Deme
  • Polis
  • Trittys
  • Tribe

Question 34

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Which of the following is not a category of trittys in Cleisthenes' reforms?
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  • Coast (paralia)
  • Island (nesos)
  • City (asty)
  • Inland (mesogaia)

Question 35

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In Aristophanes' Frogs, Dionysus goes into the underworld for what purpose?
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  • Perform a sacrifice to Hades
  • Remove infestation of frogs
  • Bring back a tragic poet
  • Have a drink with Heracles

Question 36

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Aristophanic "old comedy" are romances which most resemble sit coms.
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  • True
  • False

Question 37

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In which city is Sophocles' Oedipus the King set?
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  • Sparta
  • Thebes
  • Corinth
  • Athens

Question 38

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Which emotions does Aristotle think a good tragedy ought to produce?
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  • Shock and awe
  • Righteousness and courage
  • Pity and fear
  • Horror and disgust

Question 39

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Which statue represents the Archaic period?
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Question 40

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How many members of the council (Boule) does each tribe contribute?
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  • 40
  • 100
  • 50
  • 1

Question 41

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Which of the following is one of the Athenian commanders of the Sicilian expedition?
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  • Nicias
  • PEricles
  • Alexander
  • Brasidas

Question 42

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Alcibiades was a loyal Athenian general who put the good of Athens above his personal interests.
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  • True
  • False

Question 43

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Why did the Athenians vote to execute their generals after the Battle of Arginusae (406)?
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  • They did not have permission to engage
  • Failure to recover bodies/survivors
  • Losing the battle
  • Conspiracy with the enemy

Question 44

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The Persians remained neutral throughout the Peloponnesian War and only waited for both sides to wear each other out.
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  • True
  • False

Question 45

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Which city was destroyed by Alexander shortly after he came to the Macedonian throne?
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  • Corinth
  • Athens
  • Thebes
  • Sparta

Question 46

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In the Battle of Gaugamela, what was Alexander's main goal?
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  • Kill as many Persian levies as possible
  • Hold out until reinforcements arrive
  • Kill or rout Darius
  • Avoid fighting personally

Question 47

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Which of the following is an important Hellenistic poet?
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  • Hesiod
  • Euripides
  • Aristophanes
  • Callimachus

Question 48

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Which best describes how Polyphemus is depicted in Theocritus' Idyll 11?
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  • Cunning schemer
  • Man-eating monster
  • Heroic warrior
  • One-eyed romantic shepherd

Question 49

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Which of the following is one of the parents of the Muses?
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  • Mnemosyne (memory)
  • Eros (love)
  • Apollo
  • Leda

Question 50

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Heraclitus proposed a vision of existence as always changing and in flux.
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  • True
  • False

Question 51

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What existed at the beginning of Hesiod's account of the origin of the cosmos in the Theogony?
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  • Zeus
  • chaos
  • earth
  • heaven

Question 52

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Plato learned philosophy from the writings of Socrates.
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  • True
  • False

Question 53

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The sophists were most closely associated with which field?
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  • History
  • MEdicine
  • Rhetoric
  • Physics

Question 54

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Which of the following is most real and true for Plato?
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  • painting of table
  • Form of table
  • chairs
  • table

Question 55

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What is Socratic ignorance?
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  • not knowing what you know
  • knowing nothing
  • knowing that you know nothing
  • knowing that other people know nothing

Question 56

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According to the Hippocratic theory of humours, which humour is most compatible with winter?
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  • blood
  • black bile
  • yellow bile
  • phlegm
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