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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. 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.

2. What was the main weapon of the Macedonian infantry under King Philip?
(a) Short sword.
(b) Javelin.
(c) Sarissa.
(d) Double-bladed axe.

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

4. Which was NOT one of the types of troops Alexander included in his army that battled the Persians?
(a) Technicians.
(b) Scientists.
(c) Scholars.
(d) Animal handlers.

5. In 335 BC, who commanded Persian military forces?
(a) Demosthenes.
(b) Memnon of Rhodes.
(c) Xerxes I.
(d) Parmenio.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which city refused to help Tyre in Alexander's siege?

2. Which commander opposed Alexander at the battle of Granicus River?

3. Where was Alexander the Great born?

4. What important battle took place in August 338?

5. How did Alexander deal with the Gordian Knot?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Alexander's actions with the town of Lampsacus relate to his larger strategy in the Persian campaign?

2. Describe how Philip was murdered. What was the outcome of this murder?

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

4. Describe the major events of the battle of Granicus River.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the personal qualities of Alexander as a boy.

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