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 was the reason for Thibron's exile?

2. How were Cyrus's military actions against his brother perceived?

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

4. What was the purpose of the trophies that were made?

5. What city did Xenophon represent in the military?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is an oracle?

3. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

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

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

6. 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?

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

8. What happened in the city of Phocis and why did Sparta help?

9. How does Xenophon include the issue of marriage in "A History of My Times"?

10. How could the information obtained from an oracle seem confusing?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Describe the conversation about marriage that Xenophon documents in his story. Use the advice given in the discussion to explain how marriage is viewed in ancient Greece, which things are considered to be the most important in selecting a spouse, and whether or not their priorities are an indication of their culture or society.

Essay Topic 2

In the introduction of "A History of My Times", it is made clear that the book is intended for academic audiences.

1) Describe the formatting of the book discussing how the publisher designed it to be more accessible for scholars.

2) Explain the difference between a memoir and history, and explore why the editor makes the distinction for the book.

3) Analyze the advice given by the editor to prepare the reader for the story and the way it is presented.

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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