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 many mercenaries did Polydamas claim to have available to him?

2. How was a military leader treated after a raid during the story?

3. How did Polydamas reward his men with honor and prestige?

4. What is the description given to Dercylidas in this current section of the book?

5. As depicted in Book 2, Chapter 5, what can the actions of one leader affect?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What things did Polydamss value in a solider?

3. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. How were people educated and trained for their service in a military team?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the two major methods for making decisions in ancient Greece. First, explain how augury is defined and the way it is used to help the ancient Greeks with their decisions. Second, describe the oracles, where and how they take place, the possible confusion in their interpretation, and why they are considered a highly credible source of wisdom.

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

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.

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