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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 Spartans only need to defend a narrow strip of ______________ against the Persian attack when they are at the Hot Gates.

2. What is the first formation the Greeks fall into when the Persians eventually attack?

3. Dilios spins a tale of Spartan ____________ as the Persian visitor begins to speak to the camp.

4. Who is the misshapen and hunchbacked man who approaches the Spartans?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After the initial assault of the Persians is defeated, what do the Persians do next to the Spartans?

3. Describe the appearance of the Hot Gates where the Spartans are fighting.

4. What do the Spartans do with the Persian corpses from their battle in order to intimidate others, it seems?

5. What ensures no man in the Spartan army will falter or flee, according to the story?

6. What tale does Dilios tell as the Persian Ambassador visits the Spartan camp?

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

8. What does King Xerxes offer to Leonidas when he comes into the camp the evening after battle?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Though Leonidas and his army die at the hands of the Persians, all does not seem to be lost.

Part 1: Why does Leonidas go into a battle he knows he will lose?

Part 2: Why doesn't Leonidas' army desert him and run away from the Persian army?

Part 3: Why is the defeat of Leonidas such an inspiring story?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In order to be a great leader of an army, it seems you need to have a bit of arrogance as well as intelligence.

Part 1: In what ways does Leonidas' arrogance help him?

Part 2: In what ways does Leonidas' arrogance hurt him in battle?

Part 3: Does arrogance seem to be a positive or a negative quality for a leader? Why do you choose the answer you do?

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