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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many sons has Arete born Dienekes?
(a) They have had three sons.
(b) They have had many sons.
(c) They have had one son.
(d) They have had only daughters.

2. Why do the Antirhions lose the battle?
(a) They are far outnumbered by the Spartans.
(b) There are traitors in the line.
(c) They allow fear to take control.
(d) They lack the advanced weaponry of the Spartans.

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

4. Where does Bruxieus tell Xeones and Diomache to go?
(a) He tells them to go to Athens.
(b) He tells them to go to Sparta.
(c) He tells them to go to Thessaly.
(d) He tells them to go to Rome.

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

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

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

8. By what other name is Sparta called?
(a) Sparta is also called Lakedaemon.
(b) Sparta is also called The Hot Gates.
(c) Sparta is also called Thermopylae.
(d) Sparta is also called Mount Oracle.

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

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

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

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) No more than twenty thousand were slain.
(b) About twenty thousand were slain.
(c) About four thousand were slain.
(d) No fewer than twenty thousand were slain.

13. What is exoterike harmoniea?
(a) Exoterike harmoniea is a state of self composure attained through the control of fear.
(b) Exoterike harmoniea is a state of union with one's fellows.
(c) Exoterike harmoniea is a composition dedicated to the gods.
(d) Exoterike harmoniea is the musical harmony of a multistringed instrument.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the Spartans count their dead?

2. What is the name of the city-state where Xeones is from?

3. As Chapter 2 opens, what does Xeones say that the word Thermopylae means?

4. Thermopylae is described as what?

5. Who is Diomache?

(see the answer keys)

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