City of Pompeii

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City of Pompeii.

1. What two major crops were grown in the rich soil near the city of Pompeii?
a. Oranges and peaches
b. Corn and wheat
c. Squash and beans
d. Grapes and olive trees
e. Potatoes and cabbage

2. What natural disaster were the people of Pompeii accustomed to experiencing?
a. Hurricanes
b. Tornadoes
c. Earthquakes
d. Tsunamis
e. Volcanoes

3. What empire did the city of Pompeii belong to when it was destroyed?
a. Greek
b. Mongol
c. Ottoman
d. Visigoth
e. Roman

4. Why was the city of Pompeii popular among Romans?
a. It was a popular summer vacation destination
b. People went there in the winter for the snow skiing
c. The taxes were low because it was not part of Rome
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

5. What happened that destroyed the city of Pompeii?
a. They lost a battle to the Goths and the city was burnt to the ground
b. Nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted burying the city in ash and debris
c. The city was abandoned when the soil went bad
d. The economy tanked and people left, soon the buildings and walls were destroyed by the barbarians
e. A huge storm caused the city to flood and remain under water

6. In what way was Pompeii like many other major Roman cities?
a. It had a forum where politics and business were carried out
b. It had temples to Roman gods such as Apollo
c. There were public baths
d. All of the above
e. None of the above

7. What year did Mount Vesuvius erupt?
a. 231 BC
b. 52 BC
c. 3 AD
d. 79 AD
e. 167 AD

8. Around how many people died in the eruption?
a. 200
b. 1,300
c. 4,000
d. 7,000
e. 16,000

9. True or False: The people of Pompeii knew that the mountain was going to erupt any day. They were very prepared.

10. What did archeologists find when they dug up the city of Pompeii nearly 2,000 years later?
a. That the city was well preserved under the ash and debris
b. That everything was completely destroyed
c. That only a few buildings survived the blast
d. That Pompeii never really existed and was only a myth
e. A few Roman citizens who were amazingly still alive!

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