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Multiple Choice Questions

1. At what event was Philip assassinated?
(a) A wedding.
(b) A battle.
(c) A speech to the Macedonian assembly.
(d) A peace negotiation.

2. What acted as a restraint on the power wielded by the King of Macedon?
(a) He could be voted out by the Macedonian assembly.
(b) He could not engage in foreign policy decisions.
(c) His wives were chosen by the Macedonian assembly.
(d) He was not allowed to personally lead the army.

3. What was the first town to which Alexander came in the Persian campaign?
(a) Gordium.
(b) Lampsacus.
(c) Granicus.
(d) Pelium.

4. When did Alexander begin his war against the Persians?
(a) 334 BC.
(b) 315 BC.
(c) 117 AD.
(d) 348 BC.

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

6. What was NOT one of the actions Alexander took after his father was murdered?
(a) He maintained the overall principles of his father's administration.
(b) He personally murdered Cleopatra's baby and possible heir to the throne, Cananis.
(c) He gave key positions to friends returned from exile.
(d) He had several of his political enemies murdered.

7. How could Macedonia be characterized prior to Philip's rule?
(a) Peaceful and powerful.
(b) Weak and insignificant.
(c) Mystical and feared.
(d) Warlike and imperial.

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

9. When King Philip met the Illyrians in battle, how many Illyrians did he kill, approximately?
(a) Seven thousand.
(b) Nineteen thousand.
(c) One Hundred.
(d) Only a handful.

10. What important battle took place in August 338?
(a) The battle of Thebes.
(b) The battle of Jhelum River.
(c) The battle of Chaeronaea.
(d) The battle of Peloponnesia.

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

12. During the battle of Granicus River, where was Alexander located?
(a) He fought alongside his men.
(b) He watched the battle unfold from a nearby hill.
(c) He was in Athens receiving further counsel from Aristotle.
(d) He was in Pella trying to raise money for the war effort.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the technical military term for a slanted infantry line, such as the one used at the battle of Chaeronaea?

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

3. What city did Alexander have built after the battle of Granicus?

4. What action did Alexander take before and after crossing the Dardanelles River in the Persian campaign?

5. Which BEST characterizes the environment in which Alexander as a child was brought up?

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