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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 is the place where the boy leads the animal called?

2. How long ago did Leonidas refuse the offer of the Persian envoy to surrender to them?

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

4. Where does Leonidas send the Persian envoy that is sent to collect the surrender?

5. What begins to turn into a violent storm the closer they move toward the Hot Gates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What tale does Dilios tell as the Persian Ambassador visits the Spartan camp?

2. What ensures no man in the Spartan army will falter or flee, according to the story?

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

4. What does Leonidas suggest to the ephors that the Spartan army does when they fight the Persians?

5. What has Ephialtes taken from his father and brought with him as he sought the Spartan forces?

6. What kind of instrument is being played by a man at the beginning of the troops?

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

8. What happens as the attack on the Spartans begins to collapse? How does King Xerxes respond?

9. What kinds of weapons are the soldiers carrying as they march to battle at the start of this novel?

10. What do the other Greek commanders do when they join up with Leonidas and his soldiers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The theme of war is one that pervades this story, though it seems at times to take over the minds of men and make them do things that they might not have normally done.

Part 1: Why do you think Persia and Sparta are at war with each other?

Part 2: Do you think Persia and Sparta could ever stop being at war and come to a truce? Why or why not?

Part 3: How does the war between Persia and Sparta compare with modern day wars? How is it similar and how is it different?

Essay Topic 2

Leonidas goes through a sort of rite of passage by killing a huge wolf at the beginning of the timeline of this story.

Part 1: Describe the story of Leonidas and the wolf. What happens?

Part 2: What does the wolf symbolize in the story of Leonidas and the wolf?

Part 3: What might have happened had Leonidas never encountered the wolf as described in this story?

Essay Topic 3

Though Leonidas and his army die at the hands of the Persians, all does not seem to be lost.

Part 1: Why does Leonidas go into a battle he knows he will lose?

Part 2: Why doesn't Leonidas' army desert him and run away from the Persian army?

Part 3: Why is the defeat of Leonidas such an inspiring story?

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