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Ancient Greek Literature (Grade 9)

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Ancient Greek Literature

The earliest ancient Greek literature was passed on orally.
  1. True
  2. False
Most of the legends about the Trojan War come from the Iliad and the Odyssey which were written by                .
  1. Homer
  2. Pericles
  3. Sophocles
  4. Xenophon
Homer's poems were a type known as                 .
Epic poems are traditionally long and deal with mythological characters.
  1. True
  2. False
Who wrote Works and Days, Theogony, and Shield of Heracles?
  1. Hesiod
  2. Homer
  3. Xenophon
  4. Aristophanes
Most genres of literature developed during which historic period?
  1. Preclassicical
  2. Classical
  3. Postclassical
  4. Hellenistic
What were the forms of ancient Greek drama?

Which playwright is known as the "father of tragedy"?
  1. Sophocles
  2. Euripides
  3. Oresteia
  4. Aeschylus
More plays by Euripides survive than any other Greek playwright.
  1. True
  2. False
"Antigone" is one of the famous plays by Sophocles.
  1. True
  2. False
Ancient Greek comedies were usually dedicated to which god?
  1. Zeus
  2. Apollo
  3. Demeter
  4. Dionysus
Aristophanes usually wrote comedies about the citizens of which city-state?
  1. Sparta
  2. Megara
  3. Athens
  4. Corinth
Sometimes called the "father of history," who is often credited with writing the first history book?
  1. Plato
  2. Herodotus
  3. Xenophon
  4. Thucydides
How did Thucydides' methods differ from Herodotus'?

Plato's most famous work is the                       .
Lyric poetry was originally sung while playing a lyre.
  1. True
  2. False
All classical Greek drama that survives comes from Sparta.
  1. True
  2. False
What is known about Plato comes from the writing of Socrates because Plato did not write himself.
  1. True
  2. False
Who wrote Metaphysics?
  1. Plato
  2. Socrates
  3. Aristotole
  4. Anaximander
Which city was famous for its library during the Hellenistic Period?
  1. Thebes
  2. Athens
  3. Knossos
  4. Alexandria
Though not many survive, the ancient Greeks did write novels in prose.
  1. True
  2. False

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