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

2. Why do the Spartans use that method to count their dead?
(a) It is done to confuse the enemy.
(b) It is an ancient tradition that has been passed down for generations.
(c) It is the Spartan law that the dead be counted in such a way.
(d) It helps to keep their minds occupied and off of the fact that only moments earlier they were slaughtering men like farmers reaping wheat.

3. Why does Leonidas keep the three hundred from getting new cloaks?
(a) He feels that there is no time for the ceremony, and that he and his men must leave immediately.
(b) He wants to wait until after the battle so he will not get cloaks for those who won't survive.
(c) He feels that it would be a waste of the city's resources to replace the cloaks of men who will not get to use them long.
(d) He wants to wait until after the battle so the new cloaks won't get torn and bloody.

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

5. What is mothax?
(a) It is freedom from taxes.
(b) It is the grade of warrior youths somewhere between full citizen and helot.
(c) It is a golden metal awarded for valor.
(d) It is the highest title of honor for Spartans.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 9, who dies on the final night of the training exercise?

2. What does agoge boua mean?

3. How does Xeones describe Dienekes?

4. What does the merchant's sign say?

5. What is oktonyktia?

(see the answer key)

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