Gates of Fire Test | Final 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. Who does Xeones marry?

2. How many Persians are in the advance force that takes Athens?

3. How is Rooster related to Dienekes?

4. The three hundred and their allies are to be met by a thousand heavy infantry from Phokis and Lokris. What do they find instead?

5. What do the Athenians call the high part of the city?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

2. What kind of force arrives at Thermopylae to meet the Persians?

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

4. Describe the first day of battle.

5. Describe the plan to assault Xerxes in his own tent.

6. What causes Xerxes to decide to stay in Greece and complete his campaign?

7. How is the 300 man force composed?

8. Why does Arete claim the child of Rooster is really the child of her husband Dienekes? What unforeseen effect does this have?

9. What happens when Rooster returns to the Greeks on the second day of battle?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Xeones denounces Xerxes as a poor king. Why does Xoenes feel that Xerxes is a poor king? How does Xeones describe a good king? In your own words, describe Xerxes as a king, and tell whether you think he is a good king or not, 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

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.

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