Western Culture test #1: Ancient Greece 5

JISHOU, HUNAN — This test is what I inflicted on my Western Culture students this morning. How well can you do on it? No looking at your textbooks, cell phones, or the Internet.
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Western Culture and Civilization
NAME_______________________________
Student ID ____________________________
2008 G1 and G2
First test, Ancient Greece, 22 October 2010

IDENTIFY THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE AND PLACES:
1. Athens

2. Sparta

3. Troy

4. Achilles

5. Odysseus

6. Aristotle

7. Plato

8. Eratosthenes

9. Sophocles

10. Aristophanes

 TEST CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE 
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (Use your own paper for these, please):
11. Ancient Greece fostered the first known republic and the first known democracy in the world. Where were these political experiments, exactly? Give a brief description of how each system of government was organized.

12. Socrates was one of the earliest and most influential of the ancient philosophers. What were his core beliefs?

13. Give two examples of the Greeks’ contributions to mathematics and science. Discuss each one briefly.

14. What was the basic story or theme of Homer’s Iliad? Of Homer’s Odyssey?

15. Why is the civilization and culture of the ancient Greeks so important to the West?

BONUS POINTS: Match the Greek god or goddess to his or her attributes.(10 points maximum)

1 _____ Ares A The first woman
2______ Aphrodite B Creator of the first man, bringer of fire
3______ Zeus C The god of war
4 _____ Hades D The goddess of the harvest
5 _____ Poseidon E The messenger god
6 _____ Herakles (Hercules) F The king of the gods

7 _____ Hermes G The king of the sea
8 _____ Prometheus H The goddess of love and beauty (and desire)
9 _____ Pandora I The king of the underworld

10 ____ Demeter (Ceres) J A son of Zeus, and a great hero

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5 thoughts on “Western Culture test #1: Ancient Greece

  1. Reply Darcy Oct 23,2010 12:53 pm

    YIKES! I would fail that test…hardcore fail it. I like the mix of types of questions/multiple choice/etc….def see St F there and I like it! But yeah…I won’t even try to answer the questions because I doubt I could really even form complete and logical sentences for them. Horrible..

  2. Reply eljefe Oct 24,2010 9:54 am

    I pulled this from my Facebook”

    David Hochman wrote:
    “>>Why is the civilization and culture of the ancient Greeks so important to the West?

    Why you cultural imperialist, you! Love it! Many of these are tough questions, given what we teach these days, as I’m sure you know. I wouldn’t want to administer this to the entering (or exiting) class at P’ton.”

  3. Reply David Hochman Oct 24,2010 9:42 pm

    >>Why is the civilization and culture of the ancient Greeks so important to the West?Why you cultural imperialist, you! Love it! Many of these are tough questions, given what we teach these days, as I'm sure you know. I wouldn't want to administer this to the entering (or exiting) class at P'ton.

  4. Reply John Wheaton Oct 24,2010 10:52 pm

    Considering we just spent three weeks on one chapter of their textbook,these questions were fair. Need I say I spent six weeks preparing for my lectures? I forgot a lot of stuff from school long ago, and some of it Inever learned (or read).

  5. Reply Janice H Quinn Oct 24,2010 11:39 pm

    after all your work you should at least be spared the pain of Athens, GA and Troy, NY.

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