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. What did the Spartans do with Polydamas after they handled his request?

2. In ancient times, how was the opposition of people chosen?

3. What name was given to the treaty for peace between the Greek cities?

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

5. How important was knowing a person's ally leaders in the stories told by Xenophon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

2. What is an oracle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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