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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what year was the battle of Pelium fought?
(a) 335 BC.
(b) 128 AD.
(c) 480 BC.
(d) 320 BC.

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

4. How did Darius respond to Alexander's successful siege of Tyre?
(a) He proposed another peace settlement.
(b) He tried to recapture the city.
(c) He relinquished the throne and fled.
(d) He captured the neighboring city of Sidon.

5. What is the name of the sea east of the Greek mainland?
(a) Aegean.
(b) Caspian.
(c) Black.
(d) Ionian.

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. During the uprising of 335 BC, on what condition did Thebes offer its surrender?

3. For his 336 BC to 335 BC military campaign, what kind of training did Alexander have his troops undergo?

4. Who did Alexander send to Damascus for the Persian royal treasure?

5. Which of the following did Alexander NOT do after the battle of Granicus?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Alexander decide to wage war against Persia? And what steps did Alexander take to raise his army?

2. Describe the major events of the Siege of Halicarnassus.

3. What immediate actions did Alexander take after his father Philip was murdered?

4. Describe the events that led to the battle of Chaeronaea.

5. For what reasons was Macedonia deeply in debt in 335 BC, prior to the Persian campaign?

6. Describe Alexander's time in Gordium, including the Gordian Knot and the omen Alexander believed he received from Zeus.

7. What was the last mission on which Philip sent Alexander?

8. What contact did Alexander have with Miletus? How was this contact different than his handling of Thebes?

9. Describe the battle of Pelium, including its pretext and its outcome.

10. Describe the final assault on Tyre. How was Alexander finally able to breach the city walls? And how did he handle the citizens therein?

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