Tides of War: A Novel of Alcibiades and the Peloponnesian War Test | Final Test - Hard

Steven Pressfield
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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. Who are Myron and Lado?

2. Approximately how many lawsuits were filed?

3. The Museum stood under a statue of which of the following?

4. What is/are meliades?

5. What is it called when a crew turns against the ship's officer(s)?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is Alcibiades at this time? What are his plans? What is the reaction of Polemides?

2. Examine Alcibiades' weakness regarding women.

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

4. What happens after the Athenians execute their generals? What is the reaction of Sparta?

5. What happens when Alcibiades returns to Athens?

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

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

8. How does Alcibiades react to Lysander's answer? What happens during the next battle?

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

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

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 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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