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

2. Where are the babies left to die when they are seen to have troubles, like those in the answer to #89?

3. What kinds of shields do the Persian army carry, which are also not very effective against the Greeks?

4. What was Ephialtes thought to have died from before?

5. Who has since died in great shame, which becomes Ephialtes' motivation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What has Ephialtes taken from his father and brought with him as he sought the Spartan forces?

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

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

6. What is the hoplite phalanx formation that the Spartans use and what happens when it is used in battle?

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

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

9. What does Leonidas do in order to restore the honor of Stelios before the other men?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The ambassador from Persia tries to get the Spartans to surrender before the battle even begins, and loses an arm at the same time.

Part 1: What would be the value of surrendering for the Spartan army? How would the Persians benefit?

Part 2: Do you think the Persian army believes the Spartans had any possibility of surrendering? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think it would have been a better idea for the Spartans to have surrendered? Why or why not?

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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