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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a satrap?
(a) A Persian philosopher.
(b) A Persian provincial ruler.
(c) A Persian military leader.
(d) A Persian worker.

2. What happened to the reeds in the story?
(a) They were cut in half.
(b) They were given to the soldiers.
(c) They multiplied.
(d) They disappeared.

3. Which season was hard for the sailors?
(a) Fall.
(b) Summer.
(c) Winter.
(d) Spring.

4. How were Cyrus's military actions against his brother perceived?
(a) They were considered to be precedent.
(b) They were considered to be well planned.
(c) They were considered to be impulsive.
(d) They were considered to be unprecedented.

5. What is the advice given by the editor to those people that do not appreciate the notes at the end of the Introduction?
(a) Pass over them and begin reading the work itself.
(b) Do not read the work itself.
(c) Read them before reading the work itself.
(d) Read the first half of them before reading the work itself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of the military commanders motivated Xenophon to write the book?

2. What factor was heavily considered when choosing the ranks of military officers in ancient times?

3. Mania shares her name with a Greek mythological personification. What has been named after this personification?

4. How accessible is Xenophon's writing style for current readers?

5. Why did Xenophon lead his men to serve in multiple-city states in the military?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect did the Athenian civil war have on the relationship between Athens and Sparta?

2. What is the point of Cyrus's story as it is told by Xenophon?

3. What were the reasons why women of ancient Greece would want to be included in the military, and what were some of the reasons why they would not?

4. As Xenophon's stories display, how might fighting wars be a necessary step towards peace?

5. What hardships did the sailors encounter when they were not at war?

6. What did the politician do to raise the money for the soldiers and what type of solution did that provide?

7. What was used to make trophies and when were they usually presented?

8. How did Mania oversee her military operations?

9. According to the editor, Betty Radice, what is the difference between a memoir and history?

10. Why is the bibliography located in the front of the book, and what is the editor's advice regarding the notes that follow it?

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