History of the Peloponnesian War Test | Mid-Book 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. What did Sparta demand of her allies?

2. What conflict in the region occurs outside of Athens' political control?

3. How successful is Sparta's land and sea attack on Pylos?

4. What does the Spartan declaration of war against the Helots allow?

5. What catastrophic event leads to the revolt of the Helots?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Brasidas during the unsuccessful assault on Pylos?

2. How did Peloponnesian attacks on Attica in the summer of 428 BC affect Athens?

3. What might have ended the Peloponnesian war after the battle of Pylos?

4. In 426 BC, what prevented the annual invasion of Attica by the Peloponnesian forces?

5. What notable action did the Athenian fleet take in 425 BC on its way to Sicily?

6. Simultaneous to the blockade of Mytilene, what offensive action was taken by Athens?

7. Describe the conditions before the lead up to the Peloponnesian War.

8. What indication by 428 BC suggested that military tactics were changing?

9. What punishment did Athens mete out to Mytilene after the revolt?

10. How did Athens rise to its highest political power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the subject of slavery during the time of the Peloponnesian War. Stress the differences between Athens and Sparta over the treatment of slaves. Compare these differences with the differences in attitude between North and South in the American Civil War.

Essay Topic 2

Using examples from the History of the Peloponnesian War, give your opinion about the ability of one man to influence the outcome of a battle. Compare the Greek generals to other great generals of history. [Suggested examples: Napoleon, Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur]

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the strident training and discipline of the Spartan warriors. Show how that even though they were persistent underdogs in the Peloponnesian War, the Spartans behaved with uncommon valor. In preparing for this paper, you might want to look up the story of the Spartan 300.

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