Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and 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. Who was the great statesman and leader at the time?

2. Jason encounters an old comrade named ____.

3. Alcibiades is marked for death due to his ____.

4. At this point, ____ was at the height of her power.

5. How many wives did Jason have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Detail the outline of events that took place on Epipolae. How does it affect the Athenians?

2. Discuss the rumors that reach Polemides regarding the invasion of Sicily.

3. What happened to Lion and Polemides at this time?

4. What is the setting and time period used in "Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War" by Steven Pressfield?

5. What is the basic outline of Polemides' early history?

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

7. Why does Polemides get into trouble because of his moral code?

8. Who is Jason? How is he introduced? Why is Jason important to the story?

9. What happens to the fleet after Alcibiades leaves? Who takes over?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Athenians' invasion of Sicily was a great turning point. Discuss the invasion. Who was in charge of the Athenian fleet? How many ships were there? Where did the armada land? Was Lysander prepared to fight? What was the reaction of the Sicilians? Was Persia involved in the battle? Discuss in detail the time line of the battle. Include issues faced by each side and why both sides declared the battle to be a victory although Athens clearly lost. Examine the next step taken by each side.

Essay Topic 2

The author makes a comparison between Socrates and Polemides. Both men are in jail and sentenced to be executed. Socrates is repeatedly offered the opportunity to escape by followers and friends. Socrates always refuses. Why? Why is Socrates determined to allow himself to be executed? What is the opinion of Jason and the other students, followers, family and friends of Socrates? Compare Socrates' situation to Polemides' problem. What happens when Polemides is offered the opportunity to escape? What is the difference in the cases? What happens to each man? Were the arrests, trials, and sentences fair? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss in detail Polemides' escape from jail. Who planned the escape? How did it happen? When did it take place? Who helped Polemides flee? Explain how Eunice and Nicolaus were involved in Polemides' case. How was Jason involved? Did Jason have any contact with Polemides after he fled Athens? How does Jason learn of Polemides' activities after the escape? Explain.

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