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. What was the name of the architect who had built the third Long Wall for Pericles?

2. Which of the following is one of the main reasons for the invasion to take place?

3. Who sends an official message to Polemides regarding the invasion?

4. When Polemides finds his cousin, he discovers a group of people involves in which of the following?

5. Rumors began to circulate about the invasion of:

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gylippus do while the Athenians wait to sail? Where does Alcibiades fit into the story?

2. Who is the main character in the story? What happens to him?

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

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

5. What happens to the Athenians after they are defeated on Epipolae?

6. What does Polemides say when he tries to explain Alcibiades' appeal?

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

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

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

10. Describe Polemides' claim to fame and the reason he was imprisoned.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Alcibiades' defection to Sparta. What was Alcibiades' role in Sparta? Discuss Alcibiades' relationship with Lysander and other Spartan leaders. What achievements did Alcibiades gain while in Sparta? What was Alcibiades' contribution to the city-state? How was Alcibiades able to gain respect from the Spartans? Did Lysander's opinion of Alcibiades change during his tenure? What were Lysander's behind the scenes plans?

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