Gates of Fire Short Essay - Answer Key

Steven Pressfield
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How does Xeones come to be in the Persian camp?

Xeones dies on the field of battle at Thermopylae. He is sent back to the land of the living by the God Apollo to tell the story of the Spartans. He is then captured by Persians and begins to tell his story.

2. How does Xeones begin his story?

Xeones first describes Thermopylae and tells that every Spartan soldier traveled with at least one helot servant. He then flashes back to his childhood and tells of the sacking of his childhood city.

3. What happens to Xeones after his city is burned?

Xeones escapes with his cousin Diomache. Both Xeones' and Diomache's parents are killed in the attack.

4. What is a helot?

The helot class is the lowest class. The helots are slaves to the Spartans.

5. Who is Bruxieus?

Bruxieus is a blind slave who is spared by the Argives due to his blindness and status as a slave. He is found by Xeones and Diomache after they escape the burning town, and he goes with them and tries to keep them civilized.

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