Gates of Fire Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 2: Alexandros, Chapter 10 - 11.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Xeones return to life from the grave?
(a) His spirit roams the battlefield until eventually settling back into his body.
(b) Apollo returns him to life.
(c) The Fate Clotho weaves his thread back into the pattern of life.
(d) He is given an elixir of immortality.

3. Why do the Antirhions lose the battle?
(a) They are far outnumbered by the Spartans.
(b) They allow fear to take control.
(c) There are traitors in the line.
(d) They lack the advanced weaponry of the Spartans.

4. What point does the author illustrate in these battle scenes about ancient warfare?
(a) War is, unfortunately, unavoidable.
(b) War is a great and glorious undertaking.
(c) War is a bloody business, and not for the faint of heart.
(d) Men who make their business warfare rather than farming perform better on the field.

5. What do the Spartans do when they reach the field of battle?
(a) They charge recklessly into the melee.
(b) They calmly go about getting ready for battle, and wait for the enemy.
(c) They send some men to sneak around and flank the enemy.
(d) They immediately retreat.

Short Answer Questions

1. There is a battle on the plain west of Antirhion. Who do the Spartans fight there?

2. What is the Antirhion army primarily composed of?

3. What is panoplia?

4. What does Dienekes teach about fear?

5. Where do Xeones and Alexandros catch up to the Spartan army?

(see the answer key)

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