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. Why does Arete give Xeones coins?

3. Who stands to defend Athens during the Persian attack?

4. How does Rooster originally feel about Alexandros?

5. What secret does Arete tell Xeones in Chapter 20?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

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

8. How is Rooster spared and why?

9. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

10. How is the 300 man force composed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Spartan culture, the citizen soldiers of Sparta acted as mentors to the sons of the others. List at least three effects of this practice, and explain them.

Essay Topic 2

After the battle at Thermopylae, The Persians capture the body of King Leonidas, and mutilate it. Describe what they do to his body. For what reasons might the Persians commit this act of disrespect and defilement on the body of the Spartan king? What about this bothers Xerxes? How does it affect Xerxes' decision making and performance?

Describe the dreams that Xerxes has after Leonidas' body is mutilated. Why is he so plagued by these nightmares? Is he afraid? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

In ancient Greece, just like many other ancient civilizations, crimes were punished much more severely than they are now. Many crimes involving stealing would result in losing a hand, or having the hands crippled. Have students write an essay answering the following questions:

1. What are these kinds of punishments no longer in use? What caused them to be discontinued in the Western world?

2. Are these kinds of punishments still in use today? If they are, then where, and why?

3. Do you feel that capital and corporal punishment is appropriate punishment for most crimes? Why or why not?

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