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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 infants who show any ____________ are generally left to die.

2. What does Leonidas see as a major flaw in the Persian king?

3. The pride of Xerxes causes him to want immediate ______________ from his personal bodyguard troops.

4. Where were the forces of Daxos hiding from the Persian army?

5. What do the men think of the answer to #106? What do the soldiers believe is happening?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Leonidas goes through a sort of rite of passage by killing a huge wolf at the beginning of the timeline of this story.

Part 1: Describe the story of Leonidas and the wolf. What happens?

Part 2: What does the wolf symbolize in the story of Leonidas and the wolf?

Part 3: What might have happened had Leonidas never encountered the wolf as described in this story?

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