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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 were trophies often made out of?

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

3. How often were trophies made in ancient Greece?

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

5. Whom did Thibron enlist to help him with the actions that eventually caused his exile?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Jason describe the King of Persia and the Persians?

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

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

4. What things did Polydamss value in a solider?

5. What type of a ruler was Alexander of Pherae in Thessaly?

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

7. According to Xenophon's story, what is the first thing that a man should consider when deciding which woman to marry, and how does that compare to today's culture?

8. 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?

9. What is augury?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the events surrounding the surprise massacre of a town during a religious festival. Include the reasons for the attack, how religion is valued in ancient Greece, why this story might contradict that value, and what message Xenophon could be attempting to deliver.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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