Gates of Fire Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the half helot friend of Xeones?
(a) His name is Paraleio.
(b) His name is Alexandros.
(c) His name is Polynikes.
(d) His name is Dekton.

2. What is Xeones trying to steal when he is caught?
(a) He is trying to steal some cabbage.
(b) He is trying to steal a chicken.
(c) He is trying to steal a goose.
(d) He is trying to steal a horse.

3. How do Xeones and Alexandros get across the gulf?
(a) They take the ferry.
(b) They go around.
(c) They hire a boat.
(d) They swim.

4. How does Xeones return to life from the grave?
(a) The Fate Clotho weaves his thread back into the pattern of life.
(b) He is given an elixir of immortality.
(c) His spirit roams the battlefield until eventually settling back into his body.
(d) Apollo returns him to life.

5. In Chapter 9, who dies on the final night of the training exercise?
(a) Dekton dies on the final night.
(b) Rooster dies on the final night.
(c) Hermion dies on the final night.
(d) Alexandros dies on the final night.

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

7. What happens to Xeones when he is caught stealing?
(a) The farmers cut off his right hand.
(b) The farmers beat him severely.
(c) He is made to pay for what he stole.
(d) The farmers drive nails through his hands.

8. Why does Xeones refuse to narrate anymore?
(a) He realizes that telling Xerxes of Spartan warfare is treason.
(b) He grows bored with the work.
(c) He finds out about the mutilation of king Leonidas' body.
(d) He learns that Xerxes is going to kill him after he completes his story.

9. Where is Rooster's mother's city?
(a) His mother's city is Antirhion.
(b) His mother's city is Messenia.
(c) His mother's city is Sparta.
(d) His mother's city is Athens.

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

11. What does Dienekes tell the Egyptian about freedom?
(a) He tells the Egyptian that freedom is a state of mind.
(b) He tells the Egyptian that freedom must be bought with steel, not gold.
(c) He tells the Egyptian that the only free men are dead men.
(d) He tells the Egyptian that it is better to live as a slave than to die free.

12. Who is Paraleio?
(a) She is the mother of Alexandros.
(b) She is a prostitute.
(c) She is the wife of Xerxes.
(d) She is the cousin of Xeones.

13. Why does Dienekes initially resist marrying Lady Arete?
(a) He does not love her.
(b) He feels that she was the death of his brother, and wants nothing to do with her.
(c) He is already married.
(d) Despite his deep love for her, his ethics stand in the way.

14. According to Xeones, each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one what?
(a) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one Darning Needle.
(b) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one horse.
(c) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one helot.
(d) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one spear.

15. What are the Spartan battle games designed for?
(a) They are designed to simulate battle for training.
(b) They are designed to entertain the boys and keep them out of trouble.
(c) They are designed as entertainment for the people.
(d) They are designed as a way to pass time.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first chapter, about how many Persians are said to have been slain in just three days of battle with the Spartans?

2. Why does Xeones go out into a snowstorm to freeze to death?

3. What is Hermion's nickname?

4. What is the half helot's nickname?

5. Why do the Antirhions lose the battle?

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