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

2. How did the politician first approach the reeds dilemma in the story?

3. Which one of the following is not included in the list of places where the most intense fighting occurs?

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

5. What did Alcibiades enjoy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. How did wealth affect the ranking of a military officer, and why were the poor delegated to the lightest infantry?

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

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

10. How did Mania oversee her military operations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the example given by Xenophon of leadership and ranking that centers around the dismissal of several mid-range officers. Provide a description of what influences the decision to exile the mid-range officers, the reaction of the low-ranking officers, how their suggestion is handled, and the reasons why the story represents one of the main themes of the book.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the planning and assassination of Alexander of Pherae in Thessaly. Include how Alexander is viewed as a ruler, his reputation, and that of the town, the possible motivations for the murder, and the way it takes place.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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