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. What is Olympieus doing when he is killed by an arrow?
(a) He is sleeping.
(b) He is fighting on the field of battle.
(c) He is writing in his journal.
(d) He is sharpening his sword blade.

2. Other than Ball Player and the dog, who is the other volunteer?
(a) The other volunteer is Olaph, the wandering Arab.
(b) He is a merchant from Miletus, and his name is Elephantinos.
(c) The other volunteer is Minoas, a traitor from the Persian army.
(d) Tommie the Egyptian joined the Greeks.

3. What oath does Alexandros swear the night of Rooster's trial?
(a) He swears that he will carry out the orders of the krypteis give him.
(b) He swears that Rooster will never be seen again.
(c) He swears that he will show mercy on Rooster in honor of their friendship.
(d) He swears that if ever Rooster meets them on the field of battle, that he will slay Rooster himself.

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

5. What is Xeones' proof that he was there, and not that he simply heard of it?
(a) He shows Xerxes the place where his blade tore the wall of the tent in a back corner.
(b) He recognizes the officer who threw the axe at him and wounded Alexandros.
(c) He has several witnesses who admit that they saw him there.
(d) He can offer only his word of honor that he is telling the truth.

6. In Chapter 28, which Persian deserter asks for Xeones by name?
(a) Tommie asks for him.
(b) Rooster asks for him.
(c) Xerxes asks for him.
(d) Elephantinos asks for him.

7. What does the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi tell the Athenians?
(a) The enemy will overrun and destroy you.
(b) Only with the Spartans may you defeat the enemy.
(c) Fly to the corners of the earth.
(d) The wooden wall alone shall not fail you.

8. What does Leonidas say is the tell-all when battle comes?
(a) He says that practice of arms will tell all.
(b) He says that courage will tell all.
(c) He says that physical strength will tell all.
(d) He says that devotion to the gods will tell all.

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

10. Who vouches for Xeones that he did not overhear details of the raid from the surgeons?
(a) Mardonius speaks up for Xeones' honor.
(b) Artemisia tells the king that the surgeons would not have known of such an attack.
(c) King Xerxes trusts Xeones, and declares his words true.
(d) Orontes, captain of the Immortals informs the king that Xeones was never once left alone with them.

11. Who throws an axe at Xeones and cuts Alexandros' wrist during the tent raid?
(a) It is the Persian general Mardonius.
(b) It is the lady Artemisia.
(c) It is the traitor, Rooster.
(d) It is king Xerxes.

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

13. What oath does Arete swear to Xeones?
(a) She swears to never tell about his secret love.
(b) She swears to befriend his cousin Diomache and keep her company.
(c) She swears that his cousin will hear of his honor in battle and where his body lies.
(d) She swears to help take care of his son after he is gone.

14. Who does Xeones list off as some of the members of the tent raiding party?
(a) He lists Alexandros, Dienekes, Orontes, and himself.
(b) He lists Alexandros, Orontes, Ephesus, and himself.
(c) He lists Alexandros, Polynikes, Dienekes, and himself.
(d) He lists Alexandros, Polynikes, Rooster, and himself.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many children does Alexandros father by the age of twenty?

2. What two groups fight the first encounter?

3. What do the Athenians call the high part of the city?

4. Who comes for Rooster after he turns down the offer of mothax?

5. Why is Xerxes having trouble sleeping?

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