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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 do the people of Sparta sing as the soldiers march off to war?
(a) They sing praises to the god Apollo.
(b) They sing the Spartan anthem.
(c) They sing the hymn to Castor.
(d) They sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

2. As Chapter 2 opens, what does Xeones say that the word Thermopylae means?
(a) It is Greek for "hot gates".
(b) It is Greek for "spa".
(c) It is Greek for "hot springs".
(d) It is Egyptian profanity.

3. What does agoge boua mean?
(a) Agoge boua means battle rage.
(b) Agoge boua means training platoon.
(c) Agoge boua means eight-nighter.
(d) Agoge boua means honorable death.

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

5. Why do the Antirhions lose the battle?
(a) They are far outnumbered by the Spartans.
(b) They allow fear to take control.
(c) They lack the advanced weaponry of the Spartans.
(d) There are traitors in the line.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Xeones trying to steal when he is caught?

2. What causes Xeones to continue the story?

3. How do the Spartans count their dead?

4. Which of the following is not one of the activities listed as part of Spartan life?

5. What point does the author illustrate in these battle scenes about ancient warfare?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do the Spartans punish their young boys by whipping them?

3. Why does Xerxes want to hear about the Spartans?

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

5. Why does Xeones refuse to continue with the story? What happens that causes him to continue?

6. When the Spartans realize that the boys followed them, what is the punishment that Xeones must endure?

7. How does Dienekes feel about Tommie's suggestion that Sparta join Persia by choice?

8. What is the concern of the lady Paraleio, Alexandros' mother?

9. What is the outcome of the battle?

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

(see the answer keys)

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