A History of My Times Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How many ships did Alcibiades lead?

2. Which war is ending at the beginning of the fourth section?

3. How many men was Xenophon in charge of during his service in the military?

4. What are the main events of the first chapter focused on?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are there maps included in the back of the book, "A History of My Times"?

2. What are the intentions of the author and the publisher in presenting "A History of My Times"?

3. What was the politician's objection to the idea of plundering a town for money?

4. How is Xenophon's writing style compared to contemporary writers?

5. What were the funds that were raised used for during a war?

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

7. Why was Xenophon's loyalty questioned when he served in the Athenian military?

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

9. Where were the sailors who were granted pay living, and what kind of lifestyle did they have?

10. Displaying Xenophon's point about loyalty, what suggestion did the lower ranking soldiers make after the exile of multiple mid-range officers, and how was their suggestion received?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the sad story of Mania, including how she becomes the satrap, her leadership style, the promises she makes to her allies, and the way she interacts with her mercenaries. Also, explain how effective she is as a leader, why her betrayal is planned, and how it is executed.

Essay Topic 2

The author's motivations for writing the book, "A History of My Times", are revealed by the editor, establishing an important framework for the reader.

1) Explain what motivates Xenophon to write his story, based on the editor's notes and his own commentary.

2) Describe the main points that Xenophon is trying to make in the book and why.

3) Compare Xenophon's writing style with the style of contemporary non-fiction writers.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how and why Xenophon chooses to depict Alcibiades and the battles that involve him in the story. Use the references made in the book to analyze how Xenophon's story adds information to previous events, and the reputation of Alcibiades' mentor, Socrates. Include whether or not you think Xenophon is objective in his description of Alcibiades, considering his admiration for Socrates.

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