Gates of Fire Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 1: Xerxes, Chapter 5 - 7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. By what other name is Sparta called?
(a) Sparta is also called Mount Oracle.
(b) Sparta is also called Lakedaemon.
(c) Sparta is also called Thermopylae.
(d) Sparta is also called The Hot Gates.

2. What kind of story does Xerxes want to hear in chapter one?
(a) He wants to hear about Spartan life during times of peace.
(b) He wants to hear "the infantryman's tale".
(c) He wants to hear a tale of generals and kings.
(d) He wants to hear "A Tale of Two Cities".

3. Why is Xerxes warned about the story of the Spartans?
(a) It is long and boring.
(b) It contains much foul language.
(c) It is false.
(d) It is difficult to understand.

4. According to Xeones, each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one what?
(a) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one helot.
(b) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one horse.
(c) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one spear.
(d) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one Darning Needle.

5. Who were the first soldiers to arrive at Thermopylae?
(a) The Thespians were the first to arrive.
(b) The Spartan heavy infantry were first to arrive.
(c) The Spartan Rangers were first to arrive.
(d) The Persians were the first to arrive.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Suicide?

2. Why does Dienekes initially resist marrying Lady Arete?

3. What does Dienekes tell the Egyptian about freedom?

4. In the first chapter, about how many Persians are said to have been slain in just three days of battle with the Spartans?

5. What happens to the parents of Xeones?

(see the answer key)

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