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 and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which beverage was brought to Polemides in his cell?

2. How many years did the war last?

3. What fruit was Eunice eating during this conversation?

4. Of the kinsman were crowned with which of the following plants?

5. Lysander claims that his enemies possess ____.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Persia was a large and wealthy kingdom at this time. During various times in the book Persia was seen as both enemy and ally. Explain the relationship between Sparta and Persia. Also examine the relationship between Athens and Persia. Do you think Persia might have been defeated if Sparta and Athens had become allies? What prevented the two city-states from going to war with Sparta? How did the outcome of the battle between Athens and Sparta affect Persia? Discuss the Persian leaders, wealth and political position.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Polemides' family connections and how they affected his personal and professional lives. At what point(s) did Polemides risk his life for his family? What became of the following people: Phoebe, Nicolaus, Eunice, Daphne, Polemides' father, Meri, and Lion? How did the changes in these relationships affect Polemides? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Polemides shows two different sides of himself when it comes to working as a mercenary. Discuss how Polemides got into this line of work. How was Polemides recruited? By whom? How does Polemides' professional standing as a mercenary differ from his earlier work as a soldier? How was it different when Polemides was killing people - including Meri - who were suffering from the Plague? How could Polemides be so offended by the lists of people to be executed while viewing his mercenary work as a noble profession? How does Polemides rationalize the situation? Explain.

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