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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. 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

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In some respects, it seems like Leonidas (at the start of the story) is more of a follower than a leader.

Part 1: Why doesn't Leonidas make up his own mind when it comes to the Persian envoy's demands of him?

Part 2: What might have happened if Leonidas has simply agreed to the demands of the Persian envoy?

Part 3: Do you think the Persian envoy was trying to manipulate Leonidas? Why or why not? If so, how?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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