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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 allows Ephialtes to speak with him in private about his wishes to be a part of the Spartan army?
2. What does the Persian ambassador continue to deliver, even as he is hurt badly?
3. Who are standing on the backs of the soldiers as they do the intense push-ups?
4. The iron clad ____________ of the Spartan army ensures no man will falter or flee.
5. Who is the misshapen and hunchbacked man who approaches the Spartans?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the appearance of the Hot Gates where the Spartans are fighting.
2. What is the hoplite phalanx formation that the Spartans use and what happens when it is used in battle?
3. What does Leonidas do in order to restore the honor of Stelios before the other men?
4. What tale does Dilios tell as the Persian Ambassador visits the Spartan camp?
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 kinds of armor and weaponry do the Persians have during battle?
7. What is the advantage of fighting at the Hot Gates for the Spartans or for any army that uses this location?
8. What does Ephialtes hope to gain from fighting with the Spartan army as one of the soldiers?
9. What is the Persian Ambassador worried about when he approaches camp?
10. What is the initial reaction to the Persian Ambassador when he comes into camp?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Leonidas goes through a sort of rite of passage by killing a huge wolf at the beginning of the timeline of this story.
Part 1: Describe the story of Leonidas and the wolf. What happens?
Part 2: What does the wolf symbolize in the story of Leonidas and the wolf?
Part 3: What might have happened had Leonidas never encountered the wolf as described in this story?
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
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?
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