Gates of Fire Test | Final Test - Hard

Steven Pressfield
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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 is Xeones' proof that he was there, and not that he simply heard of it?

2. What does Dienekes order Xeones to do?

3. When king Leonidas gives his speech on the night of the arrival of the Persian force, to whom is he speaking?

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

5. Why does Leonidas keep the three hundred from getting new cloaks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Rooster spared and why?

3. Where has Xeones seen Xerxes before he is brought into his tent?

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

5. What factors push the Spartans into a decisive battle with the Persians?

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

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

8. What occurs at Thermopylae during the wait for the Persians?

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

10. What happens when the Greeks enter the tent of Xerxes that ultimately saves his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Arete offers Xeones some money and the chance to flee Sparta before the army marches off to war. Why does she do this? What causes Xeones to refuse to fleet Sparta when Arete offers him the chance to escape? What causes him to remain with the Spartans in battle, even after he is ordered by Dienekes to leave and save himself? Describe what kind of man you feel Xeones is.

Essay Topic 2

What is an all-sire unit? Explain what it means to be an all-sire unit. What would it be like to be a member of one of these units? Compare the Spartan all-sire units with similar units of other civilizations and times.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Xeones describes several things that are common to ancient warfare, such as smoke and fire, rape, and the mutilation of the enemy dead. What other factors are common to ancient warfare? Why do these things occur in ancient times? Do they still happen today? Why or why not?

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