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 authorizes the raid on Xerxes' tent?

2. Knowing that everyone will die the next day, what does Leonidas tell his men?

3. Who vouches for Xeones that he did not overhear details of the raid from the surgeons?

4. What nation is the second to assault the Greeks?

5. What is the purpose of an all-sire unit?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

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

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

6. What disturbs Xerxes, the Persian king?

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

8. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

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

10. Describe the first day of battle.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Arete offers Xeones some money and the chance to flee Sparta before the army marches off to war. Why does she do this? What causes Xeones to refuse to fleet Sparta when Arete offers him the chance to escape? What causes him to remain with the Spartans in battle, even after he is ordered by Dienekes to leave and save himself? Describe what kind of man you feel Xeones is.

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

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?"

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