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Quiz: The Ancient Olympics

Test your knowledge about the ancient Olympic games.

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Test your knowledge about the ancient Olympic games.

1. In the earliest Olympic games, athletes competed wearing:

  • Armor
  • Loincloths
  • Nothing at all

2. Which of the following groups could neither watch nor particpate in the Olympics?

  • Slaves
  • Foreigners
  • All of the above
  • Married women

3. The Olympics were held in honor of this Greek god:

  • Zeus
  • Apollo
  • Ares
  • Hera

4. What is the long-distance race known as the marathon named for?

  • The swift-footed Greek god of messengers.
  • The hometown of Dikon, the track superstar of his day.
  • A town north of Athens, where the Athenians won an important battle against invading Persians.

5. What were winners of Olympic events crowned with?

  • Wreathes of laurel
  • Chaplets of wild olive
  • Circlets of gold

6. Athletes sought to bring glory and honor not only to themselves but to:

  • Their favorite god.
  • Their city-states.
  • All of Greece.

7. What is an olympiad?

  • An athlete competing in the Olympic games.
  • An ancient Greek unit of time.
  • A famous statue of the Greek hero Herakles that athletes rubbed for luck.

8. Olympia, site of the games, was also home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Which wonder was it?

  • The ivory, gold-adorned statue of Zeus sculpted by the legendary Phidias.
  • The Olympic Stadium.
  • The Colossus of Rhodes.

9. Which of the following was not an Olympic event?

  • Boys' boxing and wrestling.
  • A foot race in which contestants wore armor.
  • A mounted archery tournament.

10. To be eligible to compete in the games athletes had to:

  • Train faithfully for ten months before the games, remain under the eyes of officials for a month, and take an oath that they had fulfilled the training requirements.
  • Train faithfully for ten months, sacrifice a ram to Zeus, and take an oath to bring honor to their city-state.
  • Win contests at smaller festivals, train faithfully for ten months, and fast for three days before the games.

1. In the earliest Olympic games, athletes competed wearing:
Loincloths

2. Which of the following groups could neither watch nor particpate in the Olympics?
All of the above

3. The Olympics were held in honor of this Greek god:
Zeus

4. What is the long-distance race known as the marathon named for?
A town north of Athens, where the Athenians won an important battle against invading Persians.

5. What were winners of Olympic events crowned with?
Chaplets of wild olive

6. Athletes sought to bring glory and honor not only to themselves but to:
Their city-states.

7. What is an olympiad?
An ancient Greek unit of time.

8. Olympia, site of the games, was also home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Which wonder was it?
The ivory, gold-adorned statue of Zeus sculpted by the legendary Phidias.

9. Which of the following was not an Olympic event?
A mounted archery tournament.

10. To be eligible to compete in the games athletes had to:
Train faithfully for ten months before the games, remain under the eyes of officials for a month, and take an oath that they had fulfilled the training requirements.

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