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

2. How many children does Alexandros father by the age of twenty?
(a) He has twin sons.
(b) He has twin sons and then a daughter.
(c) He has a son and a daughter who are twins.
(d) He has three daughters.

3. Who stands to defend Athens during the Persian attack?
(a) Athens is completely abandoned.
(b) Athens is defended by the full Athenian legions.
(c) Athens is defended by the Spartans.
(d) Athens is defended by a small band of fanatics only.

4. What is Xeones' proof that he was there, and not that he simply heard of it?
(a) He can offer only his word of honor that he is telling the truth.
(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 shows Xerxes the place where his blade tore the wall of the tent in a back corner.

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

6. When does Darius of Persia die?
(a) He dies three years after the battle at Antirhion.
(b) He dies on the Ides of March.
(c) He dies during the battle at Antirhion.
(d) He dies three years before the battle at Antirhion.

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

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

9. What happens to the raiding party?
(a) They fight to the death.
(b) They are captured.
(c) They fight against terrible odds, but manage to kill Xerxes before being killed to a man.
(d) Alexandros' hand is cut off, and a few others are killed, so Dienekes calls the retreat.

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

11. If the krypteia have their way, how is Rooster to be punished for rejecting the offer?
(a) He is to be stripped of all rank and weapons and thrown out of the army.
(b) He is to be sold into slavery.
(c) He and his family are to be put to death.
(d) He is to be allowed to go free.

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

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

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

15. What is the purpose of an all-sire unit?
(a) When they die, they will have living male heirs to carry on their names.
(b) While they are away on campaign, their sons can take care of the home.
(c) An ancient belief forbids Spartans from sending men into battle who have not yet fathered a son.
(d) When they die, their sons can then be conscripted.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many men make up the party that attacks Xerxes' tent?

2. Why does Arete give Xeones coins?

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

4. What is mothax?

5. The three hundred and their allies are to be met by a thousand heavy infantry from Phokis and Lokris. What do they find instead?

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