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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the name of Philip's fifth wife?
(a) Olympias.
(b) Sharonia.
(c) Helen.
(d) Cleopatra.

2. Mieza was known for what export?
(a) Iron.
(b) Wine.
(c) Olives.
(d) Wheat.

3. During the uprising of 335 BC, on what condition did Alexander offer Thebes amnesty?
(a) He demanded all religious iconography in the city to be destroyed.
(b) He demanded that all the men of Thebes be imprisoned.
(c) He demanded that the leaders of the revolt surrender.
(d) He demanded all of the city's gold reserves.

4. Which of the following BEST describes the final strategy Alexander used to enter Tyre?
(a) He starved its citizens into submission.
(b) He used the front of a ship as a battering ram.
(c) He cast dead bodies over the walls, spreading contagion and forcing surrender.
(d) He forced Tyrian ships to a north harbor, and breached the city wall from the south.

5. Which of the following statements is true of Alexander as a boy?
(a) Alexander was shy and unassuming, and cared little for glory.
(b) Alexander never held grudges, and was always quick to forgive.
(c) Alexander loathed his mother and much preferred his father.
(d) Alexander was jealous of his father's military conquests.

6. How did Alexander deal with the Gordian Knot?
(a) He was unable to untie the knot, in the end.
(b) He painstakingly unraveled it.
(c) He attached horses to either end and had them run in opposite directions.
(d) He cut it in half with a sword.

7. What action by Alexander contributed to the debt of Macedonia prior to the Persian campaign?
(a) Alexander had refused to tax the citizens.
(b) Alexander held a series of legendary and expensive feasts.
(c) Alexander had imported animals from all around the world for a zoo.
(d) Alexander had built a host of war machines at great cost.

8. Who assassinated Philip?
(a) Parmenio.
(b) Antipater.
(c) Cleopatra.
(d) A jealous former male lover.

9. While in Gordium, what did Alexander take as a sign from Zeus to continue his campaign?
(a) An earthquake.
(b) A calf born with two heads.
(c) A hawk landing on a statue of Zeus.
(d) A thunderstorm.

10. What occurred in the siege of Halicarnassus?
(a) Alexander was triumphant, killing Memnon and ending his Persian campaign.
(b) The Persians took the city from Alexander, but Alexander had the city burned.
(c) The Persians were defeated, but they scored an important victory in destroying Alexander's naval power.
(d) Alexander took the city from the Persians, but the Persians set fire to most of the city.

11. In what financial state did Philip leave Macedonia when he died?
(a) Macedonia was barely making money.
(b) Macedonia was bankrupt, and citizens were fleeing the country.
(c) Macedonia was left in a very prosperous state.
(d) Philip died in debt.

12. Where was Alexander the Great born?
(a) Pella.
(b) Jhelum.
(c) Babylon.
(d) Athens.

13. How many troops did Alexander capture and enslave in the battle of Granicus River?
(a) Two thousand.
(b) Ten thousand.
(c) Three hundred.
(d) Eighty.

14. What was different between the way Alexander handled Miletus versus Thebes?
(a) Unlike Miletus, Alexander spared the people of Thebes.
(b) Unlike Thebes, Alexander spared the people of Miletus.
(c) Unlike Thebes, Alexander skipped Miletus over and did not enter it.
(d) Unlike Miletus, Alexander skipped Thebes over and did not enter it.

15. What regions was Macedonia divided into prior to Alexander's birth?
(a) Eastern Macedonia and Western Macedonia.
(b) Jungle Macedonia and Desert Macedonia.
(c) Upper Macedonia and Lower Macedonia.
(d) North, East, South, and West Macedonia.

Short Answer Questions

1. In response to learning that Philip supported the Persians, what did the Greeks do?

2. What military strategy did Philip innovate in his battle with the Illyrians?

3. What was Thebes' immediate reaction to Alexander assuming the Macedonian throne?

4. What did Alexander and his army build in order to lay siege to Tyre?

5. What was the outcome of the Battle of Chaeronaea?

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