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 people of Phocis claim they would do if Sparta did not help them?

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

3. What did Polydamas do with men who were lacking the preferred military skills?

4. What did Procles acknowledge in his speech?

5. What was one main concern about Procles' proposal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an oracle?

2. What is augury?

3. What was considered to be "the Spartan way" and how was Teleutias's raid received?

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

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

7. What was the setting of the massacre that Xenophon recounts?

8. What things did Polydamss value in a solider?

9. Who was Dercylidas and how is he described?

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

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

War is a focus of Xenophon throughout the book and he explores all aspects of it.

1) Describe the vices and virtues of military leaders in ancient times, and the effects they have on the wars they wage.

2) Explain the mental training that is done in order to prepare soldiers for battle and develop a military team.

3) Analyze how war is considered a necessary component in the quest for peace for both ancient and current civilizations.

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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