Persian Wars

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Questions on this quiz are based on information from
Persian Wars.

1. Who fought each other in the Persian Wars?
a. Sparta and Athens
b. The Greeks and the Persians
c. The Romans and the Greeks
d. The Egyptians and the Spartans
e. Macedonia and the Assyrians

2. What was the deciding battle during the first invasion of Greece by the Persians?
a. Battle of Thermopylae
b. Battle of Athens
c. Battle of Rhodes
d. Battle of Salamis
e. Battle of Marathon

3. True or False: The Persian Empire was the largest empire in the world and their forces greatly outnumbered the Greeks.

4. Who were Darius I and Xerxes?
a. Generals for the army of Sparta
b. Leaders of the city of Athens
c. The greatest of the Greek warriors
d. Emperors of Persia
e. Kings of Sparta

5. Which of the below statements is true about the Battle of Thermopylae?
a. The Greeks were led by the Spartan king Leonidas I
b. Three hundred Spartans held off thousands of Persians
c. The Persians won the battle
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

6. How much time passed between the first and second invasions of the Persians?
a. 1 year
b. 3 years
c. 10 years
d. 20 years
e. 50 years

7. What happened at the Battle of Salamis?
a. The Greeks were soundly defeated
b. The fast and maneuverable Athenian fleet defeated the Persian fleet
c. The Persians defeated the Spartans and captured the city of Sparta
d. The Corinthians came to the rescue of Athens
e. The Athenian army ran 25 miles to save the city of Athens

8. What did the Persians find when they arrived at the city of Athens during the second invasion?
a. The city was deserted
b. A huge army of the united Greek city-states
c. A fortified city ready to withstand a long siege
d. A city that was ready to surrender and become part of the Persian Empire
e. The city had been burned down and destroyed

9. What were triremes?
a. Spartan warriors who used spears and shields
b. A type of Persian siege equipment used to take down city walls
c. Fast ships used by the Athenian fleet
d. Soldiers who used long bows to attack from a distance
e. Special forces in the Persian army

10. Who were the Ionians?
a. Egyptian mercenaries who fought for the Persians
b. Greeks that lived along the coast of Turkey
c. Soldiers from the city of Corinth
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

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