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. How many children does Alexandros father by the age of twenty?

2. What can Xeones see toward the middle gate?

3. What is the original total number of troops that would leave for Thermopylae?

4. How does Leonidas appear to Xerxes in his dream?

5. According to Xerxes, what is the greatest desire of Xeones?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain what the author means when he calls the 300 an all-sire unit.

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

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

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

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

9. How is Rooster spared and why?

10. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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