Gates of Fire Test | Final Test - Hard

Steven Pressfield
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What drives Polynikes according to Dienekes?

2. Where are the Persians as Chapter 18 opens?

3. Who are the non-Spartan members of the raiding party?

4. Why is Xerxes having trouble sleeping?

5. Other than Ball Player and the dog, who is the other volunteer?

Essay 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

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 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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