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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. In a settlement after Issus, Darius offered to cede lands west of which river?
(a) Black.
(b) Ionian.
(c) Halys.
(d) Euphrates.

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

3. For his 336 BC to 335 BC military campaign, what kind of training did Alexander have his troops undergo?
(a) Desert warfare.
(b) Naval warfare.
(c) Amphibious warfare.
(d) Mountain warfare.

4. How did Alexander respond to Darius' settlement offer after Issus?
(a) He rejected the terms, but allowed Darius to retain his title of King of all Asia.
(b) He signed the treaty, but later betrayed Darius by breaking the treaty.
(c) He accepted the terms, ending his conquest of Persia.
(d) He rejected all terms, vowing to defeat Darius soundly in battle.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of Philip's fifth wife?

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

3. What made Tyre difficult to capture?

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

5. When King Philip met the Illyrians in battle, how many Illyrians did he kill, approximately?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unique challenge did Alexander face at Jhelum River? How is Jhelum River regarded among the battles of Alexander?

2. Describe the build-up to the battle of Gaugamela. Where was Darius' army located, and what strategy did he try to employ? How did Alexander counter this strategy?

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

4. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Persepolis?

5. Describe how Philip initially molded his army into a formidable force.

6. What action did Alexander take in 324 BC when he arrived in Opis? How did the troops react? How did Alexander respond to this troop reaction?

7. How did Alexander's relationship with his army change after the battle of Gaugamela?

8. What important messages did King Philip of Macedon receive in September 356 BC?

9. Describe what Antipater was doing in Greece while Alexander was away. What did he think of Alexander's claim to divinity? What were his own ambitions for power?

10. Describe Alexander's childhood growing up, prior to studying with Aristotle.

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