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 of the following abounded in Thrace, despite harsh weather?

2. Chapter 35 mentions the existence of which of the seven deadly sins?

3. What is/are meliades?

4. The narrator bore _____ unhealed wounds on his legs.

5. What is the name of Polemides' family farm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alcibiades left Athens under duress and fled to Sparta. Why did Alcibiades leave Athens? What prompted Alcibiades to go to Sparta? What kind of reception did Alcibiades receive upon his arrival? Did Alcibiades go directly to Lysander? What was Lysander's reaction to the news that Alcibiades had arrived? What was Alcibiades' purpose in going to Sparta? Was Alcibiades at all fearful of potential repercussions? Was Alcibiades ever detained or persecuted by Lysander in any way? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

The story of Socrates is a constant thread throughout the story as Jason's connection with the great philosopher is the way in which Jason meets Polemides. Explain the importance of including Socrates in the story. Write a biographical sketch on Socrates and tell why he was in prison. Include Socrates' philosophies and legacy.

Essay Topic 3

The history between Athens and Sparta is long and volatile. Create a detailed time line of the political structures of Athens and Sparta. Include enemies, allies, leaders, goals, and achievements. Connect the interaction of the two city-states. Which ended up being the victor and/or the most powerful?

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