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. Who does Xeones list off as some of the members of the tent raiding party?

2. How many children does Xeones father?

3. What does the merchant's sign say?

4. Why is Xerxes having trouble sleeping?

5. What does Lady Arete's letter to Diomache say?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Rooster spared and why?

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

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

7. Describe the fight between Medes and Greeks.

8. Why does Xerxes trust Xeones?

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

10. What happens when Rooster returns to the Greeks on the second day of battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the Persians arrive at the Hot Gates, they take about two days to attack. What are they doing during that time? Why does it take so long?

Describe the stress and anxiety that might build up for the Greeks over the course of a couple of days of waiting for an attack from a force that greatly outnumbers them. Is it important to distract the soldiers from this stress? Why or why not?

How does Leonidas have his men deal with it? What ways of dealing with the stress do some of the men find for themselves? How would you suggest dealing with pre-battle stress, and why?

Essay Topic 2

What is an all-sire unit? Explain what it means to be an all-sire unit. What would it be like to be a member of one of these units? Compare the Spartan all-sire units with similar units of other civilizations and times.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Xeones describes several things that are common to ancient warfare, such as smoke and fire, rape, and the mutilation of the enemy dead. What other factors are common to ancient warfare? Why do these things occur in ancient times? Do they still happen today? Why or why not?

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