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. Who makes up the only father-son pair in the three hundred?

2. What is the standing order of Dienekes while on campaign?

3. What does the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi tell the Athenians to do about the Persian invasion?

4. What do the Athenians call the high part of the city?

5. Why does Leonidas keep the three hundred from getting new cloaks?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

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

6. How is Rooster spared and why?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There exists between all soldiers of honor and bravery, a certain respect and admiration. What examples of this are given in the book? Compare these to examples of honor and/or bravery in other literary works. Answer the question, "What is the opposite of fear?"

Essay Topic 2

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 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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