Gates of Fire Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Book 8: Thermopylae, Chapter 35 - 38.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Dienekes tell Alexandros after Polynikes' lecture?
(a) He tells the boy that someday he'll be able to dish it right back in Polynikes' face.
(b) He tells the boy that he will eventually outrank Polynikes anyways.
(c) He tells the boy that Polynikes is just full of hot air.
(d) He tells the boy that he will never amount to anything.

2. Other than Ball Player and the dog, who is the other volunteer?
(a) The other volunteer is Olaph, the wandering Arab.
(b) Tommie the Egyptian joined the Greeks.
(c) The other volunteer is Minoas, a traitor from the Persian army.
(d) He is a merchant from Miletus, and his name is Elephantinos.

3. What does agoge boua mean?
(a) Agoge boua means battle rage.
(b) Agoge boua means honorable death.
(c) Agoge boua means eight-nighter.
(d) Agoge boua means training platoon.

4. What question does Dienekes tell Alexandros has haunted him his whole life?
(a) What is the opposite of fear?
(b) Why do men fight wars?
(c) Why does fear hold such power over men?
(d) What exactly is fear?

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the Spartans and their allies do when they see the Persians for the first time?

2. After their return to Sparta, how does Alexandros tell Polynikes the battle made him feel?

3. What does Dienekes tell the Egyptian about freedom?

4. 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?

5. Thermopylae is described as what?

(see the answer key)

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