Gates of Fire Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Apollo tell Xeones about the spear in his vision?

2. What are the Spartan battle games designed for?

3. Where do Xeones and Diomache separate?

4. What is othismos?

5. How do the Spartans count their dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Xerxes not want to face the Spartans in Sparta?

2. What is the outcome of the battle?

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

4. What kinds of items do the Spartan soldiers carry with them?

5. Why do the Spartans want to kill Rooster and his infant son?

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

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

8. What happens to the scribe after being captured?

9. What does Arete offer Xeones? What is Xeones' response?

10. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

1. In ancient Sparta, as well as today, soldiers are trained by simulating real battle conditions. During these training exercises, soldiers can undergo severe physical and mental stress, and can actually die from the training, or in training accidents. What other disadvantages might there be to of such training methods? What are the benefits?

2. How are the training methods of the ancient Spartans like the methods used my most of the world today? How are they different?

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