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

2. What does Apollo tell Xeones about the spear in his vision?
(a) Apollo tells Xeones that the spear is a great weapon.
(b) Apollo tells Xeones that the spear will be the salvation of Sparta.
(c) Apollo tells Xeones that the spear is an inelegant weapon.
(d) Apollo tells Xeones that he will be killed by with a spear.

3. What is the reason that Xerxes comes to Greece?
(a) He comes to conquer the land for natural resources.
(b) He comes to avenge the death of his father.
(c) He comes to have the Greek submit to him, and to have them offer him earth and water.
(d) He comes to plunder the riches of Greece.

4. What is the last thing that Xerxes says to Xeones as Chapter 19 closes?
(a) "Please, my friend, continue your tale. Tell it as you wish, in whatever manner the god instructs you."
(b) "You are either the bravest warrior or the biggest fool to ever walk the earth"
(c) "Why would you tell me such a thing, that I may know of your offense and kill you outright?"
(d) "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."

5. What is panoplia?
(a) It is the armor and shield that each soldier must carry.
(b) It is an eight night training exercise.
(c) It is the lake near Sparta.
(d) It is the final right of passage from boyhood to adult status.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the names of the two dogs that Xeones and Diomache find?

2. Why does Xeones refuse to narrate anymore?

3. What is othismos?

4. What punishment do Alexandros and Xeones receive?

5. Why does Polynikes feel that Spartans are superior to any other people?

(see the answer key)

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