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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 audience is the book, "A History of My Times", trying to reach?
(a) A non-academic audience.
(b) Every audience.
(c) The book was only written as a personal memoir.
(d) An academic audience.

2. What were some of the complaints about the men that Xenophon led in the military?
(a) They were too aggressive.
(b) They were not aggressive enough.
(c) They were undisciplined.
(d) They were over-disciplined.

3. According to the Introductions, how opinionated was Xenophon?
(a) As opinionated as the other authors of his time.
(b) More opinionated than the other authors of his time.
(c) Xenophon did not give his opinions at all.
(d) Less opinionated than the other authors of his time.

4. What is significant about Alcibiades?
(a) He is the only name in the book that people educated in philosophy would recognize.
(b) He is the only name in the book that people educated in philosophy would not recognize.
(c) He is the first name mentioned in Chapter 1.
(d) He is the last name mentioned in Chapter 1.

5. What years do the events of the book take place?
(a) 400 and 402 B.C.
(b) 405 and 407 B.C.
(c) 406 and 409 B.C.
(d) 404 and 408 B.C.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which season was hard for the sailors?

2. When were trophies made in ancient Greece?

3. How did Mania become the satrap?

4. How many politically sanctioned killings were there in the story told in Book 2, Chapter 2?

5. What is the advice given by the editor to those people that do not appreciate the notes at the end of the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the setting of the massacre that Xenophon recounts?

2. 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?

3. How many men did Xenophon lead in the military, and what were some of the complaints about them?

4. What famous philosopher did Xenophon know, and how does that provide insight into certain historical events?

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

6. In response to the objections, what was Procles' proposal that clarified the agreement between Athens and Sparta?

7. What is the significance of Xenophon's early background?

8. What concerns did the Athenians have in the agreement between Athens and Sparta?

9. What caused the decisions made by Generals that resulted in the exile of many mid-range officers?

10. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

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