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. What is the preferred weapon of Suicide?

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

3. What is the name of the city-state where Xeones is from?

4. What does Dienekes tell Alexandros after Polynikes' lecture?

5. Why does Dienekes initially resist marrying Lady Arete?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the training exercise at the Oaks.

2. Describe the relationship between Alexandros and Xeones.

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

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

5. How do the Spartans count their dead?

6. Why does Diomache feel that no one will want to marry her?

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

8. Why is Xeones depressed? What happens?

9. How does Xeones begin his story?

10. What is the outcome of the battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What causes Leonidas to offer freedom to the helots, and allow anyone who does not want to stand and die the opportunity to leave? Why do he and his men remain to fight the Persians, knowing that they will die? What are some reasons that so many of them leave? Does leaving the field of battle, knowing that they can not win and will die, make all of the men who leave cowards? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Arete offers Xeones some money and the chance to flee Sparta before the army marches off to war. Why does she do this? What causes Xeones to refuse to fleet Sparta when Arete offers him the chance to escape? What causes him to remain with the Spartans in battle, even after he is ordered by Dienekes to leave and save himself? Describe what kind of man you feel Xeones is.

Essay Topic 3

After seeing what losses he takes fighting the Spartans, Xerxes almost leaves Greece and abandons his campaign. How is he persuaded to remain? What emotion drives him to stay? Is Xerxes in control of his own emotions here? Explain your answer.

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