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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. What happens when the Persian visitor first enters the camp of the Greeks?

2. Who is doing the intense physical training depicted at the start of this chapter?

3. When he arrives at the Spartan camp, Ephialtes has his ____________ clothing, armor, and weaponry.

4. What kind of armor do the Persian soldiers wear, rendering them vulnerable to attack?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does the Persian Ambassador do, even after his significant injury?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

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?

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