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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The messenger asked that Leonidas send a ________ of earth and a jar of water to the King of Persia.



2. How long ago was the meeting with the ephors and the oracle?



3. Leonidas has to talk to the ephors before a wide scale military expedition, according to _________ law.



4. The remainder of the Persian envoy's entourage is then ___________ at Leonidas' orders.



5. The ___________ King is in command of all of the soldiers who have finally arrived at the Hot Gates.



Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Persian Ambassador worried about when he approaches camp?



2. What is the object of the march of the soldiers in the beginning of this manuscript?



3. What does the Persian Ambassador do, even after his significant injury?



4. What does Leonidas have to do prior to beginning a full scale military expedition, according to Spartan law?



5. What kinds of armor and weaponry do the Persians have during battle?



6. Why wasn't Ephialtes left to die of exposure in the fields in Sparta like other deformed children?



7. Describe the oracle that Leonidas next confers with after talking with the ephors.



8. What do the Spartans do with the Persian corpses from their battle in order to intimidate others, it seems?



9. After the initial assault of the Persians is defeated, what do the Persians do next to the Spartans?



10. What is the initial reaction to the Persian Ambassador when he comes into camp?



Essay Topics

Leonidas notes that that excessive pride of Xerxes is what is getting him in trouble with others.

Part 1: Why might pride be a bad thing to have when you are a leader of others?

Part 2: Why does Leonidas see pride as a character flaw in Xerxes?

Part 3: Don't you think Leonidas has a lot of pride too? Why or why not?

The terrain itself in the story seems to be a character in and of itself. From the narrow ledges to the creative names, it too seems to have a place in the story.

Part 1: Which part of the terrain do you think was most important to the story? Why?

Part 2: What do the names of the lands seem to say about the land as a whole or about the battle taking place?

Part 3: If the land were to be more generic, how might this have affected the story as a whole?

The ambassador from Persia tries to get the Spartans to surrender before the battle even begins, and loses an arm at the same time.

Part 1: What would be the value of surrendering for the Spartan army? How would the Persians benefit?

Part 2: Do you think the Persian army believes the Spartans had any possibility of surrendering? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think it would have been a better idea for the Spartans to have surrendered? Why or why not?

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