Gates of Fire Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 5: Polynikes, Chapter 18 - 19.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the purpose of the speech Leonidas gives after this battle?
(a) He congratulates them on their great victory and releases them for a day to pillage the city.
(b) He berates them for their lack of courage and for their weakness.
(c) He congratulates them on the victory, and commends their behavior towards the prisoners.
(d) He thanks the survivors and honors the fallen, while refocusing their attention on the main battle to come.

2. Who throws an axe at Xeones and cuts Alexandros' wrist during the tent raid?
(a) It is king Xerxes.
(b) It is the Persian general Mardonius.
(c) It is the traitor, Rooster.
(d) It is the lady Artemisia.

3. Why does Dienekes initially resist marrying Lady Arete?
(a) Despite his deep love for her, his ethics stand in the way.
(b) He feels that she was the death of his brother, and wants nothing to do with her.
(c) He is already married.
(d) He does not love her.

4. What is the last thing that Xerxes says to Xeones as Chapter 19 closes?
(a) "No one could have breached my tent and survived it, therefore you are lying. I suggest that you be totally honest with me in the future, Greek."
(b) "Please, my friend, continue your tale. Tell it as you wish, in whatever manner the god instructs you."
(c) "Why would you tell me such a thing, that I may know of your offense and kill you outright?"
(d) "You are either the bravest warrior or the biggest fool to ever walk the earth"

5. What is Xeones trying to steal when he is caught?
(a) He is trying to steal some cabbage.
(b) He is trying to steal a goose.
(c) He is trying to steal a chicken.
(d) He is trying to steal a horse.

Short Answer Questions

1. After their return to Sparta, how does Alexandros tell Polynikes the battle made him feel?

2. By what other name is Sparta called?

3. How old are Xeones and Diomache when they separate?

4. What are the Spartan battle games designed for?

5. Who is Xeones' sparring partner?

(see the answer key)

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