Gates of Fire Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the Lady Arete asking about?

2. Who does Diomache take with her?

3. What kind of story does Xerxes want to hear in chapter one?

4. In the first chapter, about how many Persians are said to have been slain in just three days of battle with the Spartans?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the lady Arete reveal to Xeones?

2. Describe the Spartan games.

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

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

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

6. Who is Bruxieus?

7. What is the story behind Dienekes and Arete?

8. Why is Xeones depressed? What happens?

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

10. Describe the training exercise at the Oaks.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is an all-sire unit? Explain what it means to be an all-sire unit. What would it be like to be a member of one of these units? Compare the Spartan all-sire units with similar units of other civilizations and times.

Essay Topic 2

When the Persians arrive at the Hot Gates, they take about two days to attack. What are they doing during that time? Why does it take so long?

Describe the stress and anxiety that might build up for the Greeks over the course of a couple of days of waiting for an attack from a force that greatly outnumbers them. Is it important to distract the soldiers from this stress? Why or why not?

How does Leonidas have his men deal with it? What ways of dealing with the stress do some of the men find for themselves? How would you suggest dealing with pre-battle stress, and why?

Essay Topic 3

For the first day of the battle, the Greeks are able to fend off several attacks that, simply by the number of soldiers, should have crushed them. All the way to the bitter end, the Greeks are able to inflict great damage on the army of Persia. Describe the strategies used by the Greeks, from the first crossing of arms to the last.

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