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 type of poison did Eunice use to kill the baby?

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

3. A commotion from the ___ Court disrupted Polemides?

4. In Chapter XLIV, Polemides is referred to as being which of the following?

5. How long did it take the narrator to reach Lacedaemon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Examine the circumstances under which Alcibiades is named as Athens' dictator. What is Alcibiades' reaction?

5. Lysander instructs Polemides and Telamon to be present at his speech the following day. Where is the speech held? What are the contents of Lysander's message?

6. What happens when Polemides is left behind? What dangerous step does Polemides take?

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

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. What happens when Alcibiades returns to Athens?

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 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 3

Polemides becomes alarmed when it becomes apparent that many illustrious names have appeared on the trierarch's list. There seems to be little or no reason to the lists, although it is soon learned that the people on the lists are destined to be rounded up, detained, tortured, and possibly executed. Discuss in detail the lists. Which people are on the lists? How does Polemides end up being on one of the lists? How was his situation handled? What was the outcome?

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