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. When the dog chases the rabbit between the two armies and then kills it, what do the Greeks think it means?

2. Who throws an axe at Xeones and cuts Alexandros' wrist during the tent raid?

3. What happens to the raiding party that saves the life of Xerxes?

4. Who appears to Diomache in a dream after she aborted her pregnancy and was ill?

5. What secret does Arete tell Xeones in Chapter 20?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the plan to assault Xerxes in his own tent.

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

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

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

9. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

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

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

Throughout the book, several examples of the differences between Leonidas and Xerxes are given. In what ways are the two kings different? In what ways are they the same? In your opinion, who is the better king? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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