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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 were some of the complaints about the men that Xenophon led in the military?

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

3. How is the bottom of the ranks characterized in the book?

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

5. What aspect of fund raising does Xenophon choose to focus on in the second chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was Mania's son-in-law convinced to betray her?

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. As indicated in the Introduction, what are Xenophon's motivations in writing "A History of My Times"?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the example presented by Xenophon of how a city is almost attacked by soldiers in order to raise funds. Provide an analysis of the events that lead the soldiers to make the decision, the system they use to confirm it, the interference of a politician, and the results.

Essay Topic 2

Continuing with his fascination of the virtues of military leaders, Xenophon presents the story of Polydamas.

1) Describe Polydamas's leadership style, including how he tests his men, and the actions taken as a result of those tests.

2) Explain how Polydamas's men are rewarded for their skills, and the value of honor and loyalty in the military.

3) Analyze the opinions of Jason, pertaining to the King of Persia, and how they compare to Xenophon's opinion of Persia in general.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the stories of Thibron and Cinadon, and how the issues of loyalty and leadership are displayed in them. In Thibron's situation, explain his exile from Sparta, why it is unsuspected by him, and the reasons behind it. For Cinadon's story, describe the events that lead to his arrest, why he does not expect it, and the points that Xenophon is trying to make about trust.

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