Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War Test | Mid-Book 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. Gylippus fortified the Little Harbor with seawalls and _____.

2. Jason tells the narrator that he is a ______ whelp.

3. Soldiers were continually hired even during periods of ____________.

4. How many wives did Jason have?

5. What is the name of the narrator's dog?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Polemides come to work side by side with Alcibiades?

2. Discuss the interchange between Jason and Bruise.

3. What is Telamon's prediction about the war? Why does Telamon make the prediction? Is it correct?

4. Discuss the state of Athens at this point in the story. Who tells the story?

5. Discuss Polemides' return to farming. What were the opinions of Polemides and Eunice?

6. What was the first step in Polemides becoming an assassin?

7. Discuss the battle between Athens and Sparta. What is the relationship between Alcibiades and Lysander?

8. Who was Eunice? How was she attached to Polemides?

9. Examine Jason's account of the embarkation of the armada to Sicily. What happens to threaten the invasion?

10. Who objects to the Sicilian campaign? What authority does this person have? What actions are taken?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eunice is somewhat misunderstood. At first, Eunice is simply a camp wife to Polemides. Then Eunice and Polemides have a child. Discuss Eunice's demands on Polemides. What was Eunice's most frequent demand? How did things change when they moved to the family farm? Why was Eunice constantly angry with Polemides? Did Eunice really try to poison Aurore? Explain. Explain how the information given to Polemides regarding Eunice was false.

Essay Topic 2

The narration of the story mainly falls on Jason or his grandson. Why does Pressfield choose to have the grandson narrate instead of Jason? Why is Jason an important enough character to lead the story? Who else narrates? Does each person tell his own story? Who do you think is the best narrator? Why? Does the story benefit from having more than one narrator or is the switch confusing and/or unnecessary? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

As the leaders of Athens and Sparta, Lysander and Alcibiades are often compared on many levels. Compare and contrast Lysander and Alcibiades on all levels at the beginning and end of the war.

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