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

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

3. What was an animal sacrifice known as in some ancient cultures?

4. Which goddess did the Spartans make an animal sacrifice for?

5. How weak did Jason think the King of Persia really was?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened in the city of Phocis and why did Sparta help?

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

5. What things did Polydamss value in a solider?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Describe the planning and assassination of Alexander of Pherae in Thessaly. Include how Alexander is viewed as a ruler, his reputation, and that of the town, the possible motivations for the murder, and the way it takes place.

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