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 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.

2. How are Spartan boys punished?
(a) They are locked in small rooms, called hotboxes.
(b) They are given harsh labor assignments as punishment.
(c) They are whipped with sticks.
(d) They are starved for short periods of time and totally ignored.

3. What does Dienekes tell Alexandros after Polynikes' lecture?
(a) He tells the boy that Polynikes is just full of hot air.
(b) He tells the boy that he will eventually outrank Polynikes anyways.
(c) He tells the boy that he will never amount to anything.
(d) He tells the boy that someday he'll be able to dish it right back in Polynikes' face.

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

5. Who is Xeones' sparring partner?
(a) Xerxes is Xeones' sparring partner.
(b) Alexandros is Xeones' sparring partner.
(c) Rooster is Xeones' sparring partner.
(d) Polynikes is Xeones' sparring partner.

6. 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 low stone wall bisects the field.
(d) A palisade bisects the field.

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

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

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

10. 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) 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.
(d) The senior surviving officer calls out the names of the soldiers, and who ever doesn't answer is counted as dead.

11. After their return to Sparta, how does Alexandros tell Polynikes the battle made him feel?
(a) He tells Polynikes that he experienced a bloodlust during the battle.
(b) He tells Polynikes that the battle didn't effect him at all.
(c) He tells Polynikes that the battle made him sick.
(d) He tells Polynikes that he was amused by the ease with which they defeated the enemy.

12. What punishment do Alexandros and Xeones receive?
(a) They are given extra labor.
(b) They are whipped.
(c) They are locked in a small cell.
(d) They are heavily lectured on responsibility, but otherwise let off the hook.

13. How many boys are there in the training platoons, according to Xeones?
(a) He says that there are twenty-five.
(b) He says that there are several thousand.
(c) He says that there are fourteen hundred.
(d) He says that there are seven hundred.

14. To whom does Rooster become a squire?
(a) He became the squire of Dienekes.
(b) He becomes the squire of Xerxes.
(c) He becomes the squire of Leonidas.
(d) He becomes the squire of Olympieus.

15. Where does the Spartan king march and fight, relative to the rest of his army?
(a) The king does not go with his army, but sends a general in his stead.
(b) The king usually stays at the center of his army, so that his men surround him at all times.
(c) The king commands from the back of the army where it is safer.
(d) The king remains at the front of the lines, where he can be a part of the action at all times.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Xeones, each Spartan soldier goes into battle with at least one what?

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

3. How many sons has Arete born Dienekes?

4. How do the soldiers show their disfavor when Polynikes is scolding Alexandros?

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

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