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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. According to Xenophon, how many brothers are at war with each other?

2. What did the local politician observe in the story told in Chapter 2?

3. What aspect of fund raising does Xenophon choose to focus on in the second chapter?

4. Approximately how many pages of text does each chapter cover in "A History of My Times"?

5. What was the incentive for women to serve in the ancient Greek military?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Mania oversee her military operations?

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

5. What caused the decisions made by Generals that resulted in the exile of many mid-range officers?

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

7. How is Xenophon's writing style compared to contemporary writers?

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

9. How did Mania become the satrap, and what type of leader was she?

10. How many ships were used in water and shoreline battles, and which locations are mentioned as receiving the most fighting in the first chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how and why Xenophon chooses to depict Alcibiades and the battles that involve him in the story. Use the references made in the book to analyze how Xenophon's story adds information to previous events, and the reputation of Alcibiades' mentor, Socrates. Include whether or not you think Xenophon is objective in his description of Alcibiades, considering his admiration for Socrates.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Xenophon's early background, including his birth, social class, and the challenges of his military experience. Also, provide examples from the book of his leadership style and reputation, his intentions as an Athenian officer, the criticism he encounters during his service, and the validity of that criticism.

Essay Topic 3

Athens and Sparta have a storied history throughout Xenophon's life, which provides the backdrop and conclusion for his story.

1) Chronicle the changing positions of Athens and Sparta during Xenophon's life and times.

2) Describe the alliance formed between Athens and Sparta, the agreement reached, and the battles that are fought as a result of their combined efforts.

3) Analyze the trials and tribulations that the city of Arcadia experiences, including how they become self-reliant, the troubles that threaten to tear the city apart, and why Xenophon might have decided to end his story with them.

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