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 punishment do Alexandros and Xeones receive?

2. What does Polynikes do after dealing with Alexandros?

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

4. As Chapter 2 opens, what does Xeones say that the word Thermopylae means?

5. Where does Bruxieus tell Xeones and Diomache to go?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Bruxieus?

2. What is the outcome of the battle?

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

4. How are Xeones and Alexandros assigned after the battle at Antirhion?

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

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

7. How does Xeones come to be in the Persian camp?

8. What is the story behind Dienekes and Arete?

9. Describe the Spartan games.

10. What is a helot?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After the battle at Thermopylae, The Persians capture the body of King Leonidas, and mutilate it. Describe what they do to his body. For what reasons might the Persians commit this act of disrespect and defilement on the body of the Spartan king? What about this bothers Xerxes? How does it affect Xerxes' decision making and performance?

Describe the dreams that Xerxes has after Leonidas' body is mutilated. Why is he so plagued by these nightmares? Is he afraid? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

In Spartan culture, the citizen soldiers of Sparta acted as mentors to the sons of the others. List at least three effects of this practice, and explain them.

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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