Gates of Fire Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 5: Polynikes, Chapter 20 - 23.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Artemisia tell Xerxes that he cannot leave the field of battle?
(a) The Persians have no hope of taking Greece without their king.
(b) If Xerxes leaves his army in the hands of a general, the general might return victorious from Greece only to take over the empire for himself.
(c) She tells Xerxes that by returning to Persia, he would be missing a grand show in the defeat of the Greeks.
(d) She tells him that if he leaves after the Oracle spoke to the Spartans, that all of Greece would say that he was running from a dream.

2. In the first chapter, about how many Persians are said to have been slain in just three days of battle with the Spartans?
(a) No fewer than twenty thousand were slain.
(b) About twenty thousand were slain.
(c) No more than twenty thousand were slain.
(d) About four thousand were slain.

3. Why does Medon take the baby after the Peers all go home?
(a) He is taking the child to protect him from the others.
(b) He is stealing the child so that he can kill him.
(c) He is inspecting the child to see if he will be allowed to live.
(d) He wants to have a look at the child.

4. What obstacle separates the two sides of the battleground?
(a) A low stone wall bisects the field.
(b) A palisade bisects the field.
(c) A creek bisects the field.
(d) A swift river runs through the center of the field.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Leonidas say is the tell-all when battle comes?

2. What drives Polynikes according to Dienekes?

3. Who is Xeones' sparring partner?

4. How do the Spartans count their dead?

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

(see the answer key)

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