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. As noted by the editor, which city's re-establishment is not mentioned by the author?

3. What was the reason for the Spartans' animal sacrifice?

4. Where is the location of the first event Xenophon recounts in Book 2, Chapter 5?

5. What caused the status of Athens to change?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. What is augury?

8. What things did Polydamss value in a solider?

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

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

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

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

Two events are chronicled by Xenophon to show the effects that the decisions made by leaders can have.

1) Describe the raid on Attica by Teleutias, why it takes place, the response it receives, and how it relates to Xenophon's main theme of leaders and their decisions.

2) Analyze the events that take place before, during, and after Antalcidas delivers the treaty for peace.

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