Friday, March 20, 2009

And the Answer Is...

O.K.,  a little quiz on Greek life that I borrowed from The Groovy Greeks (http://www.horrible-histories.co.uk/).  How well can you do?  Answers are on the comments section - no cheating!  There are ten questions in all.

  1. Aristotle the great Greek teacher had a favorite meat.  What was it?
    a. camel      b. turkey      c. horse liver 

  2. The great playwright, Aeschylus, is supposed to have died when an eagle flew over his head and dropped something on it.  What did the eagle drop?
    a. a tortoise       b. a hare      c. a stone

  3. As well as the Olympic games there were games in Isthmia.  The winners at the Isthmian games were given a crown as a prize.  What was the crown made of?
    a. celery         b. rhubarb       c. gold

  4. Before clever Aristotle  came along, the Greeks had a strange belief about elephants.  What was it?
    a. an elephant has no knee joints so it goes to sleep leaning against a tree
    b. elephants never forget                c. eating elephant meat makes you strong

  5. Which team sport did the Ancient Greeks enjoy that we still play today?
    a. hockey         b. soccer         c. volleyball

  6. The Greek teacher, gorgeous Gorgias, said that "nothing exists" . . . not even himself.  He nearly didn't.  He had a peculiar birth.  Where was he born?
    a. in his dead mother's coffin        b. on a mountain in a snow storm       c. on board a sinking ship

  7. The Spartan youths tried out their military training by doing what for their town?
    a. becoming secret police and murdering troublemakers
    b. meding roads and keeping the streets clean
    c. becoming servants in old people's homes and cooking for them

  8. How far did the Greek explorer, Pytheas, sail?
    a. Britain and the North Sea       b. Crete in the Mediterranean     c. America and the Atlantic

  9. The Greeks invented a new weapon in the 4th century BC.  They set fire to inflammable liquids then threw them over enemy ships or enemy cities.  What is this weapon called?
    a. Greek fire       b. Zeus' revenge        c. flaming dangerous

  10. A sacred plant was sprinkled on graves.  But we don't consider it sacred today.  What is it?
    a. parsley       b. cabbage      c. garlic

1 comment:

Lord Alford said...

All answers are A!

Aristotle's favorite meat = a. camel

Aeschylus died when an eagle flew over his head and dropped a. a tortoise

The winners at the Isthmian games were given a crown made of = a. celery

The Greeks had a strange belief about elephants = a. an elephant has no knee joints so it goes to sleep leaning against a tree


The Ancient Greeks enjoyed = a. hockey

Gorgeous Gorgias was born = a. in his dead mother's coffin

The Spartan youths tried out their military training by = a. becoming secret police and murdering troublemakers

Pytheas sailed to = a. Britain and the North Sea

The Greeks invented = a. Greek fire

The sacred plant sprinkled on graves = a. parsley

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