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. Which city was giving Phocis the most trouble?

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

3. How was Procles' speech received?

4. How did Sparta respond to the request for help from Phocis?

5. How is Polydamas's request for assistance described?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

6. How was Alexander murdered?

7. What led Athens and Sparta to contemplate an alliance?

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

9. What is augury?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the events surrounding the surprise massacre of a town during a religious festival. Include the reasons for the attack, how religion is valued in ancient Greece, why this story might contradict that value, and what message Xenophon could be attempting to deliver.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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