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 Olympieus doing when he is killed by an arrow?

2. What two groups fight the first encounter?

3. In Chapter 29, what does Xeones say is the only thing a man really wants?

4. How many men make up the party that attacks Xerxes' tent?

5. What does Rooster suggest to Xeones and Alexandros?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first day of battle.

2. Describe the plan to assault Xerxes in his own tent.

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

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

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

6. How is the 300 man force composed?

7. How is Rooster spared and why?

8. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

9. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

By simply maintaining military discipline, the Spartans are able to defeat many enemies in battle who do not know discipline. Define discipline. Why is discipline so important on the battlefield? Is it equally important off the field? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the landscape of the Hot Gates, and the advantages that it provides the Spartans. Are there any advantages in the landscape for the Persians? Why do the Spartans choose this as the place for the battle?

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