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. If the krypteia have their way, how is Rooster to be punished for rejecting the offer?

2. According to Xerxes, what is the greatest desire of Xeones?

3. Why does Arete give Xeones coins?

4. Why does Medon take the baby after the Peers all go home?

5. Who authorizes the raid on Xerxes' tent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Persian soldiers not hinder the Greeks in their escape?

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

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

4. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

10. How is Rooster spared and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What causes Leonidas to offer freedom to the helots, and allow anyone who does not want to stand and die the opportunity to leave? Why do he and his men remain to fight the Persians, knowing that they will die? What are some reasons that so many of them leave? Does leaving the field of battle, knowing that they can not win and will die, make all of the men who leave cowards? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Spartans hold a unique view of war and enemies. Explain the Spartan view of war and their enemies. Compare and contrast this view to the views of other ancient warrior civilizations.

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