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 do the Spartans do when they reach the field of battle?

2. How does Xeones describe Dienekes?

3. To whom does Rooster become a squire?

4. To whom does Xeones tell his story?

5. Who is Paraleio?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Xeones begin his story?

2. What does the lady Arete reveal to Xeones?

3. How do Alexandros and Xeones get across the Gulf of Corinth when following the army?

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

5. Describe the Spartan games.

6. Describe the training exercise at the Oaks.

7. What is the story behind Dienekes and Arete?

8. What is a helot?

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

10. Why is Xeones depressed? What happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In ancient Greece, just like many other ancient civilizations, crimes were punished much more severely than they are now. Many crimes involving stealing would result in losing a hand, or having the hands crippled. Have students write an essay answering the following questions:

1. What are these kinds of punishments no longer in use? What caused them to be discontinued in the Western world?

2. Are these kinds of punishments still in use today? If they are, then where, and why?

3. Do you feel that capital and corporal punishment is appropriate punishment for most crimes? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Spartans hold a unique view of war and enemies. Explain the Spartan view of war and their enemies. Compare and contrast this view to the views of other ancient warrior civilizations.

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