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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. Leonidas believe his army can beat the Persians with an intelligent selection of ___________.
2. What is the nickname given to the man who has fallen over because of the heat of the day?
3. ____________ realizes the Greeks have no hope of surviving the battle before them.
4. What arrived in Sparta that caused the King to make a decision which led to the battle they are marching to?
5. What does the oracle insist must be observed as Leonidas goes to battle the Persians?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the area in which the ephors live during this second chapter of the book.
2. What happens to Stelios as he marches in the weather at the beginning of the novel?
3. What is one of the reasons why Leonidas refuses to send the sign of subjugation to the Persian king?
4. Describe the oracle that Leonidas next confers with after talking with the ephors.
5. What does Leonidas think about the ephors and their ruling about whether the Spartans can fight?
6. Where are the soldiers in the beginning of this novel marching to and from as they head into battle, it seems?
7. Why does Dilios tell stories to the soldiers as they are preparing for battle?
8. What does Leonidas have to do prior to beginning a full scale military expedition, according to Spartan law?
9. What does King Leonidas order Stelios to do with the captain that has been beaten senselessly?
10. What is the path of the combined forces of Leonidas and the others who meet up with him?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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