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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 part of the military commanders motivated Xenophon to write the book?

2. How often does Xenophon describe the way money is raised?

3. What promise did Mania make to her allies?

4. Where did Cyrus battle his brother?

5. Which political leadership worked on the efforts to befriend the Spartans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What effect did the Athenian civil war have on the relationship between Athens and Sparta?

5. What was considered to be "the Spartan way" and how was Teleutias's raid received?

6. 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?

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

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

9. What did Athens and Sparta do once they were united, and how is Archidamus's speech described?

10. How large was Polydamas's mercenary force and how did he test them?

Essay 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

Two events are chronicled by Xenophon to show the effects that the decisions made by leaders can have.

1) Describe the raid on Attica by Teleutias, why it takes place, the response it receives, and how it relates to Xenophon's main theme of leaders and their decisions.

2) Analyze the events that take place before, during, and after Antalcidas delivers the treaty for peace.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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