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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which city refused to help Tyre in Alexander's siege?
(a) Sparta.
(b) Carthage.
(c) Pelium.
(d) Sidon.

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

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

4. In what year was Alexander the Great born?
(a) 120 AD.
(b) 808 BC.
(c) 3 AD.
(d) 356 BC.

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

6. What was the Macedonian infantry known as?
(a) The Foot Companions.
(b) Ground Quake.
(c) The Fighting Macedons.
(d) The Warrior Eagles.

7. What made Tyre difficult to capture?
(a) It received funding for warships from Demosthenes.
(b) Its citizens were violent religious zealots.
(c) Its army was exceedingly well trained.
(d) It was located on an island, and had walls on the shores.

8. Who was the mother of Alexander?
(a) Theta.
(b) Parmenia.
(c) Olympias.
(d) Ariadne.

9. What was Philip's stance on Panhellenism?
(a) He tolerated it only if he could use it to his advantage.
(b) He hated the notion, and worked against it at every turn.
(c) He was indifferent, since the movement did not affect him.
(d) He was raised to respect and embrace the movement.

10. In which year did the Persians capture Sidon from the Greeks?
(a) 202 BC.
(b) 345 BC.
(c) 114 AD.
(d) 785 BC.

11. What was the ultimate result of the uprising of Thebes in 335 BC?
(a) Thebes' brokered a peace and became part of Alexander's kingdom.
(b) The city was burned to the ground, but Alexander spared all its citizens.
(c) Thebes' citizens were massacred and the city was burned to the ground.
(d) Thebes' citizens were massacred, but the city was left as a fortress.

12. In the summer of 939, with what threat did Philip have to contend?
(a) The possibility of city states joining forces to invade Macedonia.
(b) The possibility that Olympias would have him murdered.
(c) A great famine which swept Macedonia.
(d) An insurrection on the part of the Macedonian assembly.

13. During the uprising of 335 BC, on what condition did Thebes offer its surrender?
(a) City leaders demanded the surrender of two of Alexander's military leaders.
(b) City leaders demanded that Alexander conquer their enemy, Thrace.
(c) City leaders demanded Alexander relinquish the Macedonian crown.
(d) City leaders demanded that their women survive unharmed.

14. After Issus, Darius supplied the king of which territory with Persian ships?
(a) Sparta.
(b) Thessaly.
(c) Ionia.
(d) Athens.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In a settlement after Issus, Darius offered to cede lands west of which river?

2. At what age was Alexander appointed Regent of Macedonia?

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

4. What important battle took place in August 338?

5. Why was Philip interested in the region of Mt. Pangaeus?

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