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. Based on Xenophon's explanation, what happened after the raid?

2. What city was the main focus of the massacre's intent?

3. What did Procles acknowledge in his speech?

4. How often did Polydamas test his men?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What problems in Arcadia end the book, "A History of My Times"?

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

4. What things did Polydamss value in a solider?

5. What was the result of the sacrifice made by the Spartans?

6. How was Alexander murdered?

7. 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?

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

9. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

10. What type of sacrifice does Xenophon describe that is made by the Spartans?

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

Analyze the sad story of Mania, including how she becomes the satrap, her leadership style, the promises she makes to her allies, and the way she interacts with her mercenaries. Also, explain how effective she is as a leader, why her betrayal is planned, and how it is executed.

Essay Topic 3

The author's motivations for writing the book, "A History of My Times", are revealed by the editor, establishing an important framework for the reader.

1) Explain what motivates Xenophon to write his story, based on the editor's notes and his own commentary.

2) Describe the main points that Xenophon is trying to make in the book and why.

3) Compare Xenophon's writing style with the style of contemporary non-fiction writers.

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