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. There is a battle on the plain west of Antirhion. Who do the Spartans fight there?

2. How are Spartan boys punished?

3. Who is Xeones' sparring partner?

4. What are the names of the two dogs that Xeones and Diomache find?

5. Who is Suicide?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Bruxieus?

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

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

4. What is the story behind Dienekes and Arete?

5. Describe the battlefield at Antirhion.

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

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

8. Describe the Spartan games.

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

10. Why does Polynikes seem to think that Spartans are better than any other men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What role do the women play in ancient Sparta? What rights and restrictions do they have? Compare and contrast the role of women in ancient Spartan culture to other warrior societies. Compare the role of women in ancient Sparta to the role of women in the modern world.

Essay Topic 3

The preferred style of combat for the Spartans is the heavy infantry phalanx. Answer the following questions about the Spartan phalanx:

1. Describe the structure of the phalanx.

2. What role does discipline play in the successful phalanx?

3. What role does cohesive teamwork play in the successful phalanx?

4. What strengths and weaknesses does the phalanx have?

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