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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of the half helot friend of Xeones?
(a) His name is Dekton.
(b) His name is Polynikes.
(c) His name is Paraleio.
(d) His name is Alexandros.

2. What is the name of the city-state where Xeones is from?
(a) Xeones is from in Astakos.
(b) Xeones is from in Sparta.
(c) Xeones is from in Athens.
(d) Xeones is from a country farm in Akarnania, not a city-state.

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

4. How are Spartan boys punished?
(a) They are given harsh labor assignments as punishment.
(b) They are whipped with sticks.
(c) They are locked in small rooms, called hotboxes.
(d) They are starved for short periods of time and totally ignored.

5. What does Xeones become in the Spartan army?
(a) He becomes a general.
(b) He becomes a spearman.
(c) He becomes a swordsman.
(d) He becomes an archer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Polynikes do after dealing with Alexandros?

2. What happens to Xeones when he is caught stealing?

3. Why does Polynikes feel that Spartans are superior to any other people?

4. What are the Spartan battle games designed for?

5. To whom does Rooster become a squire?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Xeones begin his story?

2. Why does the author jump from place to place in the story?

3. What happens to Xeones after his city is burned?

4. Why does Xerxes become impatient with Xeones?

5. How does Xeones come to be in the Persian camp?

6. How does Xeones come to follow the Spartan army when they march out to war?

7. Describe the training exercise at the Oaks.

8. Describe the relationship between Alexandros and Xeones.

9. Describe the battlefield at Antirhion.

10. Who catches Alexandros not using his shield properly? What happens?

(see the answer keys)

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