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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the following was absent during the celebration of Victoria's manhood?
2. It is said that seamen are not equipped for which type of warfare?
3. Of the kinsman were crowned with which of the following plants?
4. Who narrates in the beginning of this book?
5. How long did it take the narrator to reach Lacedaemon?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Lysander and Alcibiades were sworn enemies, yet they respected each other's skills and leadership abilities and strategies. Why? What was Lysander's opinion of Alcibiades? What was Alcibiades' opinion of Lysander? Were the opinions and perceptions accurate? On what were the opinions and perceptions based? Explain. At the beginning of the war what were the military positions of Athens and Sparta? Who had the upper hand? Did the men ever confront each other directly while in battle? Explain.
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