Gates of Fire Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why do the Spartans decide to send only three hundred soldiers to Thermopylae?
(a) The three hundred is only the advance force meant to hold off the Persians long enough for the main force to arrive.
(b) A larger force would not have room to fight, and would cause supply problems.
(c) The Spartan senate refuses to send troops to Thermopylae, and the three hundred are the only volunteers.
(d) The Spartans do not feel that the Persians are a real threat to them, so three hundred should more than suffice.

2. What can Xeones see toward the middle gate?
(a) He sees the sheer cliffs of the pass.
(b) He sees the Persians.
(c) He sees the bath houses.
(d) He sees a large fox.

3. What message does Leonidas leave for Greeks who are conscripted into service to the Persians?
(a) If under compulsion you must fight us your brothers, fight badly.
(b) You are traitors. May the gods curse you all.
(c) It is better to die free than live a slave.
(d) You have no choice. You are forgiven.

4. What is the reason that Xerxes comes to Greece?
(a) He comes to have the Greek submit to him, and to have them offer him earth and water.
(b) He comes to conquer the land for natural resources.
(c) He comes to avenge the death of his father.
(d) He comes to plunder the riches of Greece.

5. According to Leonidas, how many men could the Persians mass behind the battle wall?
(a) They could only mass twenty or thirty men.
(b) They could mass as many men as they care to.
(c) They could mass one thousand men at most.
(d) The wall completely blocks off the pass.

6. What drives Polynikes according to Dienekes?
(a) Polynikes has true andreia.
(b) Polynikes is driven the fear of dishonor.
(c) Polynikes is driven by the greed for glory.
(d) Polynikes is driven by his bloodlust.

7. The three hundred and their allies are to be met by a thousand heavy infantry from Phokis and Lokris. What do they find instead?
(a) They find the area abandoned with the exception of a few local people.
(b) They find the Egyptian Tommie.
(c) They find the Persians waiting there for them.
(d) They find only half of the troop they were expecting.

8. Who do the Spartans encounter on their way out of the Persian camp?
(a) They come across Persian soldiers rising for the morning.
(b) They do not encounter anyone on their flight from the Persian camp.
(c) They run into another group of Egyptian marines.
(d) They are seen by General Mardonius.

9. How is Rooster related to Dienekes?
(a) Rooster is his brother's bastard son.
(b) Rooster is his son.
(c) Rooster is his friend.
(d) Rooster is not related to Dienekes.

10. What does Rooster suggest to Xeones and Alexandros?
(a) He tells them to fight with valor, and die a warrior's death.
(b) He tells them that they should desert and return home, because the Spartans would be overrun by the next day.
(c) He tells them that he knows of a way to get a dozen men to the tent of the Persian king.
(d) He tells them that they should abandon the army and join the Persians, just like him.

11. When does Xeones see Xerxes face-to-face before he is summoned?
(a) He sees Xerxes in battle.
(b) He sees Xerxes in a dream of prophesy.
(c) He is a member of the raiding party that attempts to kill Xerxes in his tent.
(d) He sees Xerxes in the Persian court while traveling as a child.

12. What does Dienekes decide that the opposite of fear is?
(a) The opposite of fear is courage.
(b) The opposite of fear is aphobia.
(c) The opposite of fear is glory.
(d) The opposite of fear is love.

13. Who authorizes the raid on Xerxes' tent?
(a) Polynikes authorizes it.
(b) King Leonidas authorizes it.
(c) Rooster authorizes it.
(d) Dienekes authorizes it.

14. Why do the Lokrians not make the meeting?
(a) They were afraid of the Persians, and fled.
(b) They were already defeated.
(c) They turned to the Persian side.
(d) They got the time wrong, as the months have different names than in Sparta.

15. What question does Dienekes tell Alexandros has haunted him his whole life?
(a) Why do men fight wars?
(b) What is the opposite of fear?
(c) Why does fear hold such power over men?
(d) What exactly is fear?

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Xerxes having trouble sleeping?

2. How does Rooster originally feel about Alexandros?

3. What is the last thing that Xerxes says to Xeones as Chapter 19 closes?

4. What nation is the second to assault the Greeks?

5. According to Xerxes, what is the greatest desire of Xeones?

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