Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After Darius was deposed, what title was bestowed upon Bessus?
(a) The Great Diplomat.
(b) Lord of the Twelve Countries.
(c) Great King.
(d) Duke of Ionia.

2. How long did Alexander spend in Egypt in total?
(a) Fourteen months.
(b) Three months.
(c) Two years.
(d) Three days.

3. How many people did Alexander massacre at Massago?
(a) Three hundred.
(b) Seven thousand.
(c) Forty thousand.
(d) He entered Massago peacefully.

4. By July 325 BC, Alexander had reached what territory?
(a) Hindu Kush.
(b) Pattala.
(c) Macedonia.
(d) Tyre.

5. What upset Alexander about his time in the Bactria area?
(a) His infant son died.
(b) He found much treasure, but had no way to transport it.
(c) He could not find a suitable mate for a political marriage.
(d) He had spent too much time quelling revolts.

6. In 331 BC, how did Alexander learn about Darius' plan to attack him at the Tigris River?
(a) He claimed to have a visit from his father, Zeus.
(b) Captured Persian scouts confessed as much.
(c) Alexander's own scouts reported Darius' troop movements.
(d) Darius' consort betrayed his plans to Alexander.

7. What role did Alexander envision his Successors would have?
(a) They would be officers in his army.
(b) They would battle to become king after he died.
(c) They would travel back to Athens to teach philosophy and science.
(d) They would be mayors of the various cities he conquered.

8. Why was Darius murdered?
(a) Darius was murdered in a fit of blind rage.
(b) Darius was murdered in a ransom gone wrong.
(c) Darius was murdered by the citizens of Persepolis as revenge for the city's sacking.
(d) Darius was murdered so that Alexander could not capture him and have an orderly succession.

9. After Darius' death, whom did Alexander appoint as satrap?
(a) Parmenio.
(b) Bessus.
(c) Satibarzanes.
(d) Hephaestion.

10. Alexander never traveled further than what modern-day territory?
(a) East Egypt.
(b) West Turkey.
(c) East China.
(d) West Pakistan.

11. Why were troops concerned with actions Alexander took in Opis in 324 BC?
(a) They believed Alexander was going to abandon them by establishing a capital in Macedonia.
(b) They believed Alexander was a god who was angry with them.
(c) They believed Alexander was going to make another push for the Indian Ocean.
(d) They believed Alexander was going to establish a capital in Persia rather than Macedonia.

12. What was the effect of the mass marriage ceremony held in Susa in 324 BC?
(a) Macedonians were pleased with the marriages, but Persians were not pleased.
(b) Both Macedonians and Persians were very pleased with the marriages.
(c) Persians were pleased with the marriages, but Macedonians were not pleased.
(d) The marriages did not have the desired political effect on either Macedonians or Persians.

13. To what land did Alexander plan travel to after India?
(a) Arabia.
(b) Macedonia.
(c) China.
(d) Greece.

14. After Massago, what action did Alexander take with his army?
(a) He executed the majority of his soldiers.
(b) He dismissed any man who did not believe in the mission.
(c) He split his army up.
(d) He paid them to marry Massago women.

15. What did Alexander do to initially confuse the Indian army at the Jhelum River?
(a) He paraded a group of elephants to show the Indian army leader he had an army of elephants.
(b) He let conflicting intelligence about his movements reach the Indian army leader.
(c) He showed only a portion of his army, and kept the majority of the army hidden from view.
(d) He made the Indian army leader believe the gods were against him.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Alexander learn from a messenger on his way to Sousa?

2. When Alexander separated his troops after Massago, where did he send the troops he would not be leading?

3. Who did Alexander marry in a ceremony at Susa?

4. What did Antipater believe about Alexander's claims to divinity?

5. What was Alexander's extent of knowledge of Indian geography, upon entering India?

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