Gates of Fire Quiz | One Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 6: Dienekes, Chapter 24 - 29.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the dog chases the rabbit between the two armies and then kills it, what do the Greeks think it means?
(a) They find it amusing and take it as good entertainment.
(b) They take it as a sign that they will be victorious.
(c) They think that the dog crushing the rabbit in its jaws signifies the empire of Persia crushing Greece.
(d) They take it as a sign that the Persians will overpower them.

2. What is the purpose of an all-sire unit?
(a) An ancient belief forbids Spartans from sending men into battle who have not yet fathered a son.
(b) While they are away on campaign, their sons can take care of the home.
(c) When they die, they will have living male heirs to carry on their names.
(d) When they die, their sons can then be conscripted.

3. Which of the following is not one of the activities listed as part of Spartan life?
(a) Spartans wrestle and run.
(b) Spartans love to fish.
(c) Spartans train at controlling their fear.
(d) Spartans make sacrifices to their gods.

4. What does Polynikes do when he catches Alexandros handling his shield improperly?
(a) He puts the boy through a lengthy and humiliating training drill.
(b) He beats the boy senseless.
(c) He bans Alexandros from the practice fields for life.
(d) He kindly shows the boy the proper way of handling the shield.

5. How is Rooster related to Dienekes?
(a) Rooster is not related to Dienekes.
(b) Rooster is his brother's bastard son.
(c) Rooster is his son.
(d) Rooster is his friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Rooster suggest to Xeones and Alexandros?

2. What is the original total number of troops that would leave for Thermopylae?

3. By what warrior code are young Spartans raised?

4. Where does the Spartan king march and fight, relative to the rest of his army?

5. Who does Xeones marry?

(see the answer key)

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