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

Short Answer Questions

1. What caused the destruction of the items from the question #68?

2. When Leonidas objects to the ruling of the ephors, who is he told to see next?

3. The Queen tells Leonidas he should come back either with his ____________ or on his _____________.

4. Who suggests the the King should be surrounded by bodyguards on his walk?

5. How many soldiers are thought to be in the area when the final Greek attachments join Leonidas and Daxos?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Leonidas do when the Persian Ambassador once again asks for his surrender?

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

3. Where do the Spartan defensive tactics center (location-wise) in the beginning of this chapter?

4. Why does Leonidas believe he brought more soldiers than anyone, even though Daxos' group is larger?

5. What does Ephialtes object to as he is leading the Persian groups into Greek territory?

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

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

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

9. What do the Greeks exult over when they reach the Hot Gates during the violent storm?

10. What formation does Leonidas command once he realizes the camels might prove problematic in battle?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The physical training Leonidas asks of his soldiers is intense, but necessary in order to fight well on the battlefield.

Part 1: Why do you think Leonidas values this intense training?

Part 2: Why haven't the soldiers been put into this intense training until just before the battle?

Part 3: If the soldiers Leonidas picked were already professional soldiers, why do they need more training?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The question of whether Leonidas has another soldiers is one that comes up again and again.

Part 1: How many soldiers do you think will be enough for Leonidas to have? Why?

Part 2: Is it better to have more soldiers or higher quality soldiers in lesser numbers? Why?

Part 3: Why do you think Leonidas wanted to pick his own soldiers one by one?

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