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. What two groups fight the first encounter?

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

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

4. Why is Xerxes having trouble sleeping?

5. The three hundred and their allies are to be met by a thousand heavy infantry from Phokis and Lokris. What do they find instead?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

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

4. What kinds of items do the Spartan soldiers carry with them?

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

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

7. How is Rooster spared and why?

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

9. Describe the first day of battle.

10. What factors push the Spartans into a decisive battle with 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

For the first day of the battle, the Greeks are able to fend off several attacks that, simply by the number of soldiers, should have crushed them. All the way to the bitter end, the Greeks are able to inflict great damage on the army of Persia. Describe the strategies used by the Greeks, from the first crossing of arms to the last.

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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