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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Rooster feel about Alexandros smuggling special salve for Xeones?
(a) He feels like Alexandros should just mind his own business.
(b) He does not care.
(c) He feels that it is reckless.
(d) He admires Alexandros' courage.

2. Why does Polynikes feel that Spartans are superior to any other people?
(a) He feels that the gods show more favor to the Spartans than to anyone else.
(b) He feels that all men are equal.
(c) He says that they are better because of war and manly valor.
(d) He says that the Spartans are far more intelligent than anyone else.

3. There is a battle on the plain west of Antirhion. Who do the Spartans fight there?
(a) They fight the Antirhion army.
(b) They fight the Agrives.
(c) They fight the Persian army.
(d) They fight the army of Athens.

4. Who does Diomache take with her?
(a) She takes the dog, Happy.
(b) She takes the old blind slave, Bruxieus.
(c) She doesn't take anyone.
(d) She takes the dog, Lucky.

5. Thermopylae is described as what?
(a) Thermopylae is described as an ancient battle ground where many battles have taken place over the centuries.
(b) Thermopylae is described as a small fishing village where the Persians land their invasion force.
(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.

6. What do the Spartans call their science of fear discipline?
(a) They call it the void.
(b) They call it phobology.
(c) They call it aphobia.
(d) They call it phobologiea.

7. How old is Xeones when he flees the destruction of his home?
(a) He is twelve.
(b) He is in his middle teens.
(c) He is eighteen.
(d) He is nine.

8. What is the purpose of the speech Leonidas gives after this battle?
(a) He berates them for their lack of courage and for their weakness.
(b) He congratulates them on the victory, and commends their behavior towards the prisoners.
(c) He congratulates them on their great victory and releases them for a day to pillage the city.
(d) He thanks the survivors and honors the fallen, while refocusing their attention on the main battle to come.

9. Who is Diomache?
(a) Diomache is the concubine of Xerxes.
(b) Diomache is the cousin of Xeones.
(c) Diomache is one of the three Fates of Greek mythology.
(d) Diomache is the wife of Leonidas.

10. Why is Xerxes warned about the story of the Spartans?
(a) It is false.
(b) It contains much foul language.
(c) It is long and boring.
(d) It is difficult to understand.

11. The first time Xeones sees the Persian fleet, he meets an Egyptian. What was the Egyptian's name?
(a) His name was Ptammitechus.
(b) His name was Tommie.
(c) His name was Agamemnon.
(d) His name was Steve.

12. In the first chapter, about how many Persians are said to have been slain in just three days of battle with the Spartans?
(a) About twenty thousand were slain.
(b) No more than twenty thousand were slain.
(c) About four thousand were slain.
(d) No fewer than twenty thousand were slain.

13. How do the Spartans count their dead?
(a) They stand in formation and count off.
(b) They walk the field of battle and count the dead.
(c) The senior surviving officer calls out the names of the soldiers, and who ever doesn't answer is counted as dead.
(d) They each have half of a twig with their names on them, and the other half is in a basket. After the battle, they all match their halves to the others in the basket and count the remaining twigs.

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

15. Which of the following is not one of the activities listed as part of Spartan life?
(a) Spartans make sacrifices to their gods.
(b) Spartans love to fish.
(c) Spartans train at controlling their fear.
(d) Spartans wrestle and run.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Polynikes do after dealing with Alexandros?

2. What does Apollo tell Xeones about the spear in his vision?

3. What obstacle separates the two sides of the battleground?

4. What is the reason for Xeones returning to life?

5. How does Polynikes react to Alexandros' answer?

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