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. The tooth of which animal was used to secure a cloak?

2. The narrator and his wife attended which cultural event?

3. Lysander claims that his enemies possess ____.

4. What type of poison did Eunice use to kill the baby?

5. When in the pavilions of the Persians, the narrator was affected by which strong emotion?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the situation between Alcibiades, Polemides, and Lysander. What does Lysander say about Alcibiades future?

2. Examine Alcibiades' weakness regarding women.

3. What happens when Alcibiades returns to Athens?

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

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

6. Discuss Alcibiades' return to power in Athens.

7. Discuss how Alcibiades' enemies try to get to him through his friends.

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

9. Discuss the conversation between Jason and Eunice.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eunice is somewhat misunderstood. At first, Eunice is simply a camp wife to Polemides. Then Eunice and Polemides have a child. Discuss Eunice's demands on Polemides. What was Eunice's most frequent demand? How did things change when they moved to the family farm? Why was Eunice constantly angry with Polemides? Did Eunice really try to poison Aurore? Explain. Explain how the information given to Polemides regarding Eunice was false.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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