A History of My Times Test | Final 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. How are the events presented in the book in order to account for why certain things occurred?

2. What is an appeal for a military commander that is discussed in Book 2, Chapter 5?

3. How is a woman's willingness to marry mentioned in the book?

4. According to Jason, what condition were the Persians taught?

5. In Chapter 5, how much of the text is dedicated to the military alliances and balancing of power within them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

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

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

4. How was Alexander murdered?

5. How was it possible for a leader to put his own self-interest above the team, and was it considered a positive or a negative action?

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

8. How did the Arcadians gain their self-importance, and what did that do for the region?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the example given by Xenophon of leadership and ranking that centers around the dismissal of several mid-range officers. Provide a description of what influences the decision to exile the mid-range officers, the reaction of the low-ranking officers, how their suggestion is handled, and the reasons why the story represents one of the main themes of the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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