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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 men who are marching are armed with short _______ and heavy spears.

2. Who is the character who spins the stories for the men as they are at their camps?

3. Who orders the captain to stop the beating of the man who ended up falling down from the heat?

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

5. Leonidas has to talk to the ephors before a wide scale military expedition, according to _________ law.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the weather conditions for the soldiers as they have marched during the beginning of this story.

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Leonidas have to do prior to beginning a full scale military expedition, according to Spartan law?

8. Where are the soldiers in the beginning of this novel marching to and from as they head into battle, it seems?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Dilios likes to tells stories in this book, helping to inspire the soldiers and to teach them about their own powers, it seems.

Part 1: Why is the character of Dilios important to the story? What does he provide?

Part 2: If the character of Dilios were not included in this story, what might be different in the story?

Part 3: Who might be seen as a modern day Dilios character in the world or in another book? Why did you choose this person?

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