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

2. What is the original total number of troops that would leave for Thermopylae?
(a) There are two million.
(b) There are three hundred.
(c) There are twenty thousand.
(d) There are three thousand.

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

4. When king Leonidas gives his speech on the night of the arrival of the Persian force, to whom is he speaking?
(a) He is speaking to the allied officers.
(b) He is speaking to the entire combined forces.
(c) He is speaking to all of the allied officers and the Spartan officers.
(d) He is speaking to the Spartan officers.

5. What do the Athenians call the high part of the city?
(a) They call it the Acropolis.
(b) They call it The Mound.
(c) They call it the royal compound.
(d) They call it The Great Hill.

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

7. What nation is the second to assault the Greeks?
(a) The Egyptians are the second group sent by the Persians.
(b) The Medes are the second group sent by the Persians.
(c) The Sacae are the second group sent by the Persians.
(d) The Armenians are the second group sent by the Persians.

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

9. How many men make up the party that attacks Xerxes' tent?
(a) There are tweny men.
(b) There are eleven men.
(c) There are eight men.
(d) There are seven men.

10. Why does Medon take the baby after the Peers all go home?
(a) He is stealing the child so that he can kill him.
(b) He is inspecting the child to see if he will be allowed to live.
(c) He is taking the child to protect him from the others.
(d) He wants to have a look at the child.

11. Knowing that everyone will die the next day, what does Leonidas tell his men?
(a) The Greeks are to retreat.
(b) The helots are freed from service and may leave.
(c) He tells them all to fight with valor and die a good death.
(d) The watch is to be doubled to keep anyone from deserting.

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

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

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

15. Why does Leonidas include inexperienced soldiers in the three hundred?
(a) He hand selects each soldier, knowing that all of them will die, because he needs men that are expendable.
(b) He runs out of heroes, and is forced to include young men who have little or no fighting experience.
(c) He believes that the chain is made stronger by including unproven links mixed in with the more experienced.
(d) All of his experienced fighters are old, and he wants some young muscle to help carry the workload.

Short Answer Questions

1. What drives Polynikes according to Dienekes?

2. In Chapter 29, what does Xeones say is the only thing a man really wants?

3. Other than Ball Player and the dog, who is the other volunteer?

4. What do the Spartans and their allies do when they see the Persians for the first time?

5. What does the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi tell the Athenians to do about the Persian invasion?

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