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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 response of the ephors to the plans of Leonidas when he meets with them?

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

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

4. How many warriors is Leonidas going to be joined by on his walk away from his home?

5. What is the year in the only dates frame in this first chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the ephors object to the plans of Leonidas when he comes to visit them?

2. What does King Leonidas order Stelios to do with the captain that has been beaten senselessly?

3. What happens to Stelios as he marches in the weather at the beginning of the novel?

4. What do the soldiers in the beginning of the novel wear as they match to battle?

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

6. Why does Dilios tell stories to the soldiers as they are preparing for battle?

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

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

9. What does the Queen instruct Leonidas to come back doing as he marches off without explaining where he is going?

10. What is the path of the combined forces of Leonidas and the others who meet up with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The bravery of the Spartans is seen from the very beginning of the battle with the Persians.

Part 1: How do you think the bronze armor helped the bravery of the Spartans?

Part 2: Do you think that all of Leonidas' army is as brave as he thinks they are? Why or why not?

Part 3: What might make a soldier true to his army? What makes a soldier brave enough to fight?

Essay Topic 2

The observance of a religious festival seems to be something Sparta is told to respect again and again, even on the battlefield.

Part 1: Why is the observance of Carneia so important?

Part 2: Why doesn't Leonidas want to follow the religious observance as dictated by the ephors and the oracle?

Part 3: Why might Leonidas be so determined to fight regardless of the religious observance?

Essay Topic 3

The ephors are meant to help Spartans as they continue battle with other nations.

Part 1: Why doesn't Leonidas trust the advice of the ephors?

Part 2: Why would people turn to oracles and ephors for advice instead of following their own instincts?

Part 3: Would you be able to go to an oracle for advice? Why or why not? What might you ask if they could be trusted?

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