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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. Who is the man to which all the commanders of other armies give their power to?

2. Who expresses dismay over how few soldiers Leonidas has brought to the battleground?

3. What happens to the soldier who falls over because of the heat of the day?

4. What are the loin straps made out of in the soldiers' uniforms as they march?

5. Leonidas thinks that the __________ are decrepit old men who are completely out of touch with the modern world.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the area in which the ephors live during this second chapter of the book.

3. Why is Daxos disappointed with Leonidas when he sees him marching toward his own group of troops?

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

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

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

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

8. What is one of the reasons why Leonidas refuses to send the sign of subjugation to the Persian king?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ephialtes offers up his services in exchange for worldly things - women, land, wealth, etc.

Part 1: Why do you think Ephialtes decided to offer himself to the Persian side of the war?

Part 2: Why do you think the Persian king decided to take Ephialtes up on his offer?

Part 3: Who do you think was manipulating whom in the agreement between Ephialtes and the Persian king? Why?

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 strategy with which Leonidas fights the battle is impressive. He continues to shift strategies until he finds one that works for the situation.

Part 1: Which strategy was the most impressive to you as a reader? Why?

Part 2: Do you think Leonidas should have done anything different? What?

Part 3: Do you think the strategies might work in today's modern warfare battles? Why or why not?

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