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

2. What does Ephialtes do when he hears he cannot be a part of the Spartan resistance?

3. What do the Persian army men wear on their heads as a part of their military uniforms?

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

5. Leonidas declines the offer from Persia, realizing his last stand efforts will make him eternally ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when the Persian Ambassador decides to lash Dilios?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of the people in the Persian army are driven ahead, only by the lashes of a whip.

Part 1: Do you think pain or fear of pain is a good enough reason to fight well for an army?

Part 2: What are some other ways that the soldiers in the Persian army could have been motivated?

Part 3: Why do you think the soldiers lashed the soldiers during the battle?

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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