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. For what valor in battle is Rooster offered new status as mothax?

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

3. What can Xeones see toward the middle gate?

4. What does Rooster suggest to Xeones and Alexandros?

5. What is the reason that Xerxes comes to Greece?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is Rooster spared and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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