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 does Lady Arete's letter to Diomache say?

2. How does Rooster originally feel about Alexandros?

3. What question does Dienekes tell Alexandros has haunted him his whole life?

4. What does Leonidas say is the tell-all when battle comes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

2. Why do the Spartans decide to send only 300 men?

3. What happens when Leonidas frees the helots on the last day of battle?

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

5. How is the 300 man force composed?

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

7. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

8. Describe what the Persians do to the body of the Spartan king, Leonidas.

9. Describe the Medes who first entered battle with the Greeks.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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