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. Why does Artemisia tell Xerxes that he cannot leave the field of battle?

2. What does Dienekes decide that the opposite of fear is?

3. What is mothax?

4. Who does Xeones marry?

5. What does Xerxes believe about Xeones' story?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

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

4. What happens when Leonidas frees the helots on the last day of battle?

5. Describe the first day of battle.

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

7. Describe the Medes who first entered battle with the Greeks.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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