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. What type of literature is Betty Radice known for?

2. According to the editor, who will be delighted by the bibliography in the book?

3. How many military leaders are discussed in the first chapter?

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

5. What held the men that Xenophon led in the military together?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Thibron after he returned to Sparta and why?

2. What is the main point of Cinadon's story?

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

4. In the story told by Xenophon, how and why was the decision made to sack a town?

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

6. How many ships were used in water and shoreline battles, and which locations are mentioned as receiving the most fighting in the first chapter?

7. How did the military leaders cooperate with each other on the issue of funding?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Cyrus's war against his brother, the difficulties he faces in the campaign, and how he is assisted by Samius, the Spartan, Include the possible reasons why Xenophon would have wanted to present this story, what it shows for the city of Sparta, and how the story coincides with Xenophon's own view of the Spartans.

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

The different classes and ranks of the military are a significant part of Xenophon's story. 1) Describe the difference between higher and lower ranks, along with how they are assigned.

2) Explain why and how wealth is considered when delegating the ranks of the ancient military.

3) Analyze the participation of women in the military of ancient Greece, including the reasons they would want or not want to join.

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