Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War Test | Final 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 is it called when a crew turns against the ship's officer(s)?

2. Who narrates in the beginning of this book?

3. Polemides was present when the people took charge of which location?

4. When in the pavilions of the Persians, the narrator was affected by which strong emotion?

5. Which term is used to describe the Spartans' navigator?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Endius' opinion of Alcibiades' leadership in comparison to the leadership of Lysander?

2. How does Persia's support of Sparta cause problems with Athens?

3. Describe the situation between Alcibiades, Polemides, and Lysander. What does Lysander say about Alcibiades future?

4. Discuss the scene between Jason and Polemides in the cell. What does Polemides show to Jason?

5. What causes Alcibiades to become injured? How does the injury damage his reputation as a leader?

6. What happens to Polemides at this time? Where is he reassigned?

7. Discuss the offers of escape for Socrates and Polemides.

8. Polemides shows a completely different side when it comes to his family. Examine Polemides' familial ties.

9. Discuss the scene in which Polemides attends the speech made by Alcibiades. What is the content of the speech?

10. Discuss how Alcibiades' enemies try to get to him through his friends.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Endius stated that Lysander would win the war against Alcibiades. Although both men were highly skilled, Endius believed that Lysander would prevail due to his cruelty and single minded focus. Explain what Endius meant by this statement. Why was Lysander considered to be cruel? Was Alcibiades cruel? Give at least three examples in which Lysander exhibited extreme cruelty during his tenure as a Spartan general.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Alcibiades' vices. In Alcibiades' youth, his vices got him into a great deal of trouble and hindered his military career. As Alcibiades matured, his addiction to certain vices seemed to wane. As Alcibiades resided in exile, the love of vice seemed to return. This put Alcibiades in the worst possible situation with certain enemies. Discuss in detail Alcibiades' vices and how they landed him in hot water. How did Alcibiades deal with the repercussions? Explain.

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