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Mini-Quiz: Archimedes: Science and Later Years

by Ron Kurtus (revised 19 May 2005)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.



1. Why did Archimedes run through the streets naked?

He was drunk at the time

He wanted to get people to notice him

He was so excited about his discovery

2. Why did the king want Archimedes to develop weapons?

To help defend Syracuse against the Romans

So they could conquer new lands

To help defend Syracuse against Carthage

3. Did the system of fire mirrors really burn the Roman ships?

It is possible, but it may also be an exaggeration

No, because the ships were made of steel

Yes, because it said so in ancient books

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