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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 many soldiers are thought to be in the area when the final Greek attachments join Leonidas and Daxos?
3. Who orders the captain to stop the beating of the man who ended up falling down from the heat?
4. The boy is expected to ____________ for a period of time without supplies or equipment.
5. How many soldiers are rumored to be in the Persian army that Leonidas is planning on fighting?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Leonidas have to do prior to beginning a full scale military expedition, according to Spartan law?
2. What does the Persian envoy tell Leonidas to send to the Persian king as a sign of subjugation?
3. What is the path of the combined forces of Leonidas and the others who meet up with him?
4. What do the other Greek commanders do when they join up with Leonidas and his soldiers?
5. What does Leonidas suggest to the ephors that the Spartan army does when they fight the Persians?
6. What does Leonidas think about the ephors and their ruling about whether the Spartans can fight?
7. What kind of instrument is being played by a man at the beginning of the troops?
8. Describe the weather conditions for the soldiers as they have marched during the beginning of this story.
9. Why does Dilios tell stories to the soldiers as they are preparing for battle?
10. For how long have the soldiers at the start of this novel been marching?
Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 armies both want to intimidate the other army in order to get the upper hand in the battle.
Part 1: How much of a battle do you think is mental? How much is physical?
Part 2: Is it more important for any army to have mental toughness or physical toughness? Why?
Part 3: What does intimidation do to the opposing army who is being intimidated? What does the intimidation do for the army who is doing the intimidating?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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