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

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

3. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the raiding party that saves the life of Xerxes?

2. Who are the non-Spartan members of the raiding party?

3. Who throws an axe at Xeones and cuts Alexandros' wrist during the tent raid?

4. How many children does Xeones father?

5. How is Rooster related to Dienekes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Leonidas frees the helots on the last day of battle?

2. Why do the Spartans want to kill Rooster and his infant son?

3. Why do the Persian soldiers not hinder the Greeks in their escape?

4. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

5. Why does Xerxes not want to face the Spartans in Sparta?

6. What happens when Rooster returns to the Greeks on the second day of battle?

7. What does Arete offer Xeones? What is Xeones' response?

8. Describe the first day of battle.

9. What occurs at Thermopylae during the wait for the Persians?

10. What happens when the Greeks enter the tent of Xerxes that ultimately saves his life?

(see the answer keys)

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