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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 does Leonidas call by his given name, thus restoring pride to him?

2. The Hot Gates themselves are a narrow ______________ gap at the base of a wall.

3. What do the Spartans push at the fine army from Persian, causing them to break their ranks?

4. What is Ephialtes not able to raise to the proper height, as seen in his demonstration of his fighting ability?

5. What does Ephialtes reveal to Leonidas as a way to circumvent the Hot Gates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the initial reaction to the Persian Ambassador when he comes into camp?

2. What formation does Leonidas command once he realizes the camels might prove problematic in battle?

3. Where do the Spartan defensive tactics center (location-wise) in the beginning of this chapter?

4. Why wasn't Ephialtes left to die of exposure in the fields in Sparta like other deformed children?

5. Why doesn't Leonidas accept Ephialtes as a soldier in the Spartan army when he asks to be a part of the march?

6. What does Ephialtes hope to gain from fighting with the Spartan army as one of the soldiers?

7. What is shown in the graphics to represent the harsh training the soldiers undergo at camp?

8. What is the advantage of fighting at the Hot Gates for the Spartans or for any army that uses this location?

9. What has happened to the missing Persian scouting group?

10. What is the Persian Ambassador worried about when he approaches camp?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some respects, it seems like Leonidas (at the start of the story) is more of a follower than a leader.

Part 1: Why doesn't Leonidas make up his own mind when it comes to the Persian envoy's demands of him?

Part 2: What might have happened if Leonidas has simply agreed to the demands of the Persian envoy?

Part 3: Do you think the Persian envoy was trying to manipulate Leonidas? Why or why not? If so, how?

Essay Topic 2

Ephialtes really wants to fight for Sparta, but his physical deformity prevents him from impressing Leonidas.

Part 1: What is the role of Ephialtes in the story? Why is his character so important?

Part 2: What might have happened had Leonidas allowed him to be on the army?

Part 3: Why do you think Ephialtes wanted to fight with Leonidas?

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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