Gates of Fire Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 3: Rooster, Chapter 12 - 14.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is exoterike harmoniea?
(a) Exoterike harmoniea is a composition dedicated to the gods.
(b) Exoterike harmoniea is the musical harmony of a multistringed instrument.
(c) Exoterike harmoniea is a state of self composure attained through the control of fear.
(d) Exoterike harmoniea is a state of union with one's fellows.

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

3. Xeones tells of an exercise that the people in the baggage train practice where they serve as punching bags for the Spartan heavy infantry. What is this exercise called?
(a) It is called sparring.
(b) It is called The Ploughman's Blade.
(c) It is called The Oak.
(d) It is called The Breaking.

4. Who are the two narrators of this story?
(a) There is only one narrator, Xeones.
(b) Xerxes and Leonidas are the narrators.
(c) The scribe and Xeones are the narrators.
(d) Ball Player and Rooster are the narrators.

5. What are the names of the two dogs that Xeones and Diomache find?
(a) The dogs are Leonidas and Xerxes.
(b) The dogs are Happy and Lucky.
(c) The dogs are Lucky and Bruno.
(d) The dogs are Bruno and Flanx.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what is Xeones punished after the battle at Antirhion?

2. As Chapter 2 opens, what does Xeones say that the word Thermopylae means?

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

4. Who sacks the city-state that was the birthplace of Xeones?

5. Who is Dienekes' squire?

(see the answer key)

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