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. There was a death on which mountain?

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

3. What type of mines were present around Maroneia?

4. What is the name of Alcibiades' enemy in Athens?

5. Telamon believed that these things were offenses against ____.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Polemides shows a completely different side when it comes to his family. Examine Polemides' familial ties.

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

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

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

6. Discuss Alcibiades' return to power in Athens.

7. Discuss the scene in which Polemides attends the speech made by Alcibiades. What is the content of the speech?

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

9. Examine Alcibiades' weakness regarding women.

10. Discuss the conversation between Jason and Eunice.

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

Telamon was a well known mercenary who was paired with Polemides. Although both men were paid assassins, Telamon viewed his job differently then Polemides. Compare and contrast Telamon and Polemides.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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