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. Which one of the following was Cyrus's brother?

2. Which of the following was one of the ways to raise money for a military campaign in ancient Greece?

3. In Book 2, Chapter 2, how long is the story about a specific plan to raise money in the book?

4. What audience is the book, "A History of My Times", trying to reach?

5. According to the Introductions, how opinionated was Xenophon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Xenophon's loyalty questioned when he served in the Athenian military?

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

3. How did Mania oversee her military operations?

4. In response to the objections, what was Procles' proposal that clarified the agreement between Athens and Sparta?

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

6. What was the reason for the surprise massacre that Xenophon includes in his story?

7. What things does the adviser in Xenophon's story think that a woman should be in order for his friend to marry her?

8. What concerns did the Athenians have in the agreement between Athens and Sparta?

9. What message is Xenophon delivering with the story of Attica?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Describe Cyrus's war against his brother, the difficulties he faces in the campaign, and how he is assisted by Samius, the Spartan, Include the possible reasons why Xenophon would have wanted to present this story, what it shows for the city of Sparta, and how the story coincides with Xenophon's own view of the Spartans.

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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