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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Apollo tell Xeones about the spear in his vision?
(a) Apollo tells Xeones that he will be killed by with a spear.
(b) Apollo tells Xeones that the spear is an inelegant weapon.
(c) Apollo tells Xeones that the spear is a great weapon.
(d) Apollo tells Xeones that the spear will be the salvation of Sparta.

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

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

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

5. How do the Spartans count their dead?
(a) They walk the field of battle and count the dead.
(b) They stand in formation and count off.
(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.

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

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

8. What does the Egyptian tell the Spartans about the Persian invasion?
(a) He tells them that Xerxes will slaughter them regardless of what they do.
(b) He tells them to join Xerxes voluntarily like the Egyptians did.
(c) He tells them to never surrender.
(d) He tells them that the Persians would be easily defeated while still at sea.

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

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

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

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

13. 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 "hot springs".
(c) It is Egyptian profanity.
(d) It is Greek for "spa".

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. There is a battle on the plain west of Antirhion. Who do the Spartans fight there?

2. What do the Spartans do when they reach the field of battle?

3. What does Dienekes tell the Egyptian about freedom?

4. What point does the author illustrate in these battle scenes about ancient warfare?

5. Who were the first soldiers to arrive at Thermopylae?

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