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

2. Why do the Spartans decide to send only three hundred soldiers to Thermopylae?
(a) The Spartans do not feel that the Persians are a real threat to them, so three hundred should more than suffice.
(b) A larger force would not have room to fight, and would cause supply problems.
(c) The three hundred is only the advance force meant to hold off the Persians long enough for the main force to arrive.
(d) The Spartan senate refuses to send troops to Thermopylae, and the three hundred are the only volunteers.

3. Where does Bruxieus tell Xeones and Diomache to go?
(a) He tells them to go to Athens.
(b) He tells them to go to Sparta.
(c) He tells them to go to Rome.
(d) He tells them to go to Thessaly.

4. When does Xeones see Xerxes face-to-face before he is summoned?
(a) He sees Xerxes in the Persian court while traveling as a child.
(b) He sees Xerxes in battle.
(c) He sees Xerxes in a dream of prophesy.
(d) He is a member of the raiding party that attempts to kill Xerxes in his tent.

5. According to Xerxes, what is the greatest desire of Xeones?
(a) His greatest desire is to rejoin his brothers in arms beneath the earth in death.
(b) He only wants to kill Xerxes, even at the cost of his own life.
(c) His top priority is to escape Xerxes and return to Sparta with the intelligence that he has picked up in the Persian camp.
(d) His desire to tell the story is greater than any other.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Leonidas include inexperienced soldiers in the three hundred?

2. How does Rooster originally feel about Alexandros?

3. How is Rooster related to Dienekes?

4. How does Xeones return to life from the grave?

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

(see the answer key)

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