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. Myrtilus was a part of the extreme wing of which political group?

2. What is the name of Alcibiades' enemy in Athens?

3. Which of the following was absent during the celebration of Victoria's manhood?

4. Which word is used to describe the glass in Chapter 36?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Discuss the issues faced by Polemides n Chapter XXV. Where is Polemides' destination?

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

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

4. Discuss Alcibiades' return to power in Athens.

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

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

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

8. Alcibiades devises a plan to turn against Persia. What is the plan? Who else must be involved for the plan to be successful?

9. Discuss the reaction of the people upon Alcibiades' departure. What did the Athenians do to prevent corruption of power?

10. Examine Alcibiades' weakness regarding women.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The history between Athens and Sparta is long and volatile. Create a detailed time line of the political structures of Athens and Sparta. Include enemies, allies, leaders, goals, and achievements. Connect the interaction of the two city-states. Which ended up being the victor and/or the most powerful?

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