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Gladiator and Soldier Quiz

Question 1

All gladiators were slaves. True or False?

  1. True
  2. False
          

Question 2

A short sword was often used by gladiators and soldiers in combat. What's its Latin name?

  1. Gladius
  2. Stabius
  3. Choppy-uppius
          

Question 3

Being left-handed was a big disadvantage for gladiators. True or False?

  1. True
  2. False
          

Question 4

There were female gladiators. True or False?

  1. True
  2. False
          

Question 5

All Roman citizens loved gladiator fights. True or False?

  1. True
  2. False
          

Question 6

Gladiators were sent in to fight with little training. True or False?

  1. True
  2. False
          

Question 7

What did we call the huge arena in Rome, completed in 80 AD, where gladiator fights and other public spectacles took place?

  1. The Doughnut
  2. The Oval
  3. The Colosseum
          

Question 8

Roughly how long did a soldier, once enlisted, have to remain in the Roman army for?

  1. 1 Year
  2. 5 Years
  3. 10 Years
  4. 15 Years
  5. 25 Years or more.
          

Question 9

What was a 'pilum'?

  1. A short sword
  2. A throwing spear
  3. A helmet
  4. A luxrious brand of cat food.
          

Question 10

What relevance did a 'testudo' (tortoise) have to the Roman army?

  1. The Romans actually trained viscous man-eating tortoises which they always sent into battle ahead of the soldiers to terrify the enemy and break up their ranks.
  2. A formation used by soldiers whereby the front line formed a tight row of shields and those behind raised their shields above their heads, thus creating a defense resembling that of a tortoise's shell which protected soldiers from enemy arrows.
  3. It described the slow and unfit nature of Roman soldiers who generally walked slowly towards the enemy, relying upon their superior numbers to gradually overpower the opposition.
  4. It was the name given to the catapults used by the Roman army as they were so slow to move.
          

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