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 was the strength of Athens as it prepared to enter into an alliance with Sparta?

2. According to Jason, what condition were the Persians taught?

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

4. How are the events presented in the book in order to account for why certain things occurred?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. What concerns did the Athenians have in the agreement between Athens and Sparta?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Xenophon includes the various rituals performed by ancient Greek soldiers before and after a battle.

1) Describe the ritual of an animal sacrifice before a battle, how it is performed, and the reasons for it.

2) Explain how trophies are made and what is used to make them.

3) Describe the conditions for making trophies using one example of this from the book.

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