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. What do the Spartans and their allies do when they see the Persians for the first time?

2. According to Leonidas, how many men could the Persians mass behind the battle wall?

3. Why does Leonidas include inexperienced soldiers in the three hundred?

4. What does Xerxes believe about Xeones' story?

5. What can Xeones see toward the middle gate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

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

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

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

7. Explain what the author means when he calls the 300 an all-sire unit.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After seeing what losses he takes fighting the Spartans, Xerxes almost leaves Greece and abandons his campaign. How is he persuaded to remain? What emotion drives him to stay? Is Xerxes in control of his own emotions here? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In Spartan culture, the citizen soldiers of Sparta acted as mentors to the sons of the others. List at least three effects of this practice, and explain them.

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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