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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Suicide?
(a) He is a farmer.
(b) He is an old statesman who sits on the senate.
(c) He is a young fighter from Scythia.
(d) He is a fierce warrior from Syria.

2. What is the reason for Xeones returning to life?
(a) Xeones returns to warn the Spartan people that the battle has been lost.
(b) Xeones returns to avenge his people.
(c) Due to the violent nature of his death, the spirit of Xeones can not pass on to the world of the dead.
(d) Xeones is to tell the story of the Battle of Thermopylae.

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

4. As Chapter 2 opens, what does Xeones say that the word Thermopylae means?
(a) It is Greek for "hot gates".
(b) It is Greek for "spa".
(c) It is Greek for "hot springs".
(d) It is Egyptian profanity.

5. What does Dienekes teach about fear?
(a) He teaches that fear is a very real, and dangerous thing.
(b) He teaches that the only thing to fear is fear itself.
(c) He teaches that fear defeats the enemies of Sparta.
(d) He teaches that fear is silly and unmanly.

6. What does Leonidas do after the Antirhion king surrenders?
(a) He spares the lives of the survivors and those in the city.
(b) He slaughters both soldiers and city folk alike.
(c) He executes the enemy soldiers, but allows the people in the city to survive.
(d) He takes the survivors as slaves.

7. Thermopylae is described as what?
(a) Thermopylae is described as a small fishing village where the Persians land their invasion force.
(b) Thermopylae is described as an ancient battle ground where many battles have taken place over the centuries.
(c) Thermopylae is described as a place where travelers go to use the hot mineral baths.
(d) Thermopylae is described as a holy place, dedicated to the worship of the gods.

8. Where do Xeones and Diomache separate?
(a) They separate at The Crossroads.
(b) They separate when they reach Athens.
(c) They separate at a fork in the road called Three Corners.
(d) They separate just before reaching Sparta.

9. Why does Xeones refuse to narrate anymore?
(a) He grows bored with the work.
(b) He realizes that telling Xerxes of Spartan warfare is treason.
(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.

10. What is othismos?
(a) Othismos is one of the ancient Spartan sacrificial rites.
(b) Othismos is the euphoria that comes upon the victor after a battle.
(c) Othismos is a field near Sparta where the Spartan boys train.
(d) Othismos is the initial collision on the battlefield and the chaos that follows.

11. How do the Spartans view war?
(a) The Spartans see war to be simply work in the business of killing as many of the enemy as possible.
(b) The Spartans see war as the only way to peace.
(c) The Spartans see war as a good form of population control.
(d) The Spartans see war as a terrible abomination.

12. 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 spear.
(b) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one horse.
(c) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one Darning Needle.
(d) Each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one helot.

13. What kind of story does Xerxes want to hear in chapter one?
(a) He wants to hear "A Tale of Two Cities".
(b) He wants to hear about Spartan life during times of peace.
(c) He wants to hear a tale of generals and kings.
(d) He wants to hear "the infantryman's tale".

14. Who are the two narrators of this story?
(a) Xerxes and Leonidas are the narrators.
(b) Ball Player and Rooster are the narrators.
(c) There is only one narrator, Xeones.
(d) The scribe and Xeones are the narrators.

15. What is panoplia?
(a) It is an eight night training exercise.
(b) It is the final right of passage from boyhood to adult status.
(c) It is the armor and shield that each soldier must carry.
(d) It is the lake near Sparta.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Xeones when he is caught stealing?

2. What happens to the parents of Xeones?

3. How old are Xeones and Diomache when they separate?

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

5. What do the Spartans call their science of fear discipline?

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