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

2. Leonidas quickly dispatches the ___________ to guard the secret path that Ephialtes reveals to him.

3. Spartan soldiers swim and dive from a massive wall made of ____________ and Persian corpses.

4. Who refused to abandon Ephialtes' mother, which also helped to save him?

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

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. What does Leonidas see as a major flaw in King Xerxes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The terrain itself in the story seems to be a character in and of itself. From the narrow ledges to the creative names, it too seems to have a place in the story.

Part 1: Which part of the terrain do you think was most important to the story? Why?

Part 2: What do the names of the lands seem to say about the land as a whole or about the battle taking place?

Part 3: If the land were to be more generic, how might this have affected the story as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The theme of war is one that pervades this story, though it seems at times to take over the minds of men and make them do things that they might not have normally done.

Part 1: Why do you think Persia and Sparta are at war with each other?

Part 2: Do you think Persia and Sparta could ever stop being at war and come to a truce? Why or why not?

Part 3: How does the war between Persia and Sparta compare with modern day wars? How is it similar and how is it different?

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