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

2. How does Rooster originally feel about Alexandros?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe what the Persians do to the body of the Spartan king, Leonidas.

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

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

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

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 role do the women play in ancient Sparta? What rights and restrictions do they have? Compare and contrast the role of women in ancient Spartan culture to other warrior societies. Compare the role of women in ancient Sparta to the role of women in the modern world.

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