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 do the Spartans encounter on their way out of the Persian camp?

2. Who does Xeones list off as some of the members of the tent raiding party?

3. How many children does Alexandros father by the age of twenty?

4. What nation is the second to assault the Greeks?

5. What does Xerxes believe about Xeones' story?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What main advantage do the Spartans have over the Persians?

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

6. Describe the first day of battle.

7. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

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

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

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

During the battle at Thermopylae, several soldiers are caught trying to desert. Answer the following questions:

1. What reasons do the men give for desertion?

2. What reasons does Leonidas give for allowing the men to flee?

3. Why do some of the men beg to be allowed to return to duty after the speech that Leonidas gives?

4. How do the other men feel about those who desert? What do the other men want to do about it?

Essay Topic 2

What role do the women play in ancient Sparta? What rights and restrictions do they have? Compare and contrast the role of women in ancient Spartan culture to other warrior societies. Compare the role of women in ancient Sparta to the role of women in the modern world.

Essay Topic 3

When the Persians arrive at the Hot Gates, they take about two days to attack. What are they doing during that time? Why does it take so long?

Describe the stress and anxiety that might build up for the Greeks over the course of a couple of days of waiting for an attack from a force that greatly outnumbers them. Is it important to distract the soldiers from this stress? Why or why not?

How does Leonidas have his men deal with it? What ways of dealing with the stress do some of the men find for themselves? How would you suggest dealing with pre-battle stress, and why?

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