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

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

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

4. While sieging Tyre, Alexander traveled to which city for reinforcements and his warships?
(a) Sidon.
(b) Athens.
(c) Pella.
(d) Babylon.

5. What monument was built in response to events after the battle of Chaeronaea?
(a) The Alabaster Tower.
(b) The Philippians.
(c) The Great Library.
(d) The Hanging Gardens.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the mother of Alexander?

2. What was different between the way Alexander handled Miletus versus Thebes?

3. Who assassinated Philip?

4. Which BEST characterizes Olympias' relationship with Alexander?

5. Who financed the Thebes uprising of 335 BC?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the values given to Alexander by Aristotle.

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

5. Describe King Philip's aggressions toward the Illyrians, the battle that ensued, and the strategy Philip innovated during the battle.

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

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

8. Describe the geography of Macedonia.

9. Describe the siege of Tyre in 332 BC. Why was Tyre in a strategically advantageous position? What did Alexander do to overcome this advantage?

10. Describe the battle of Chaeronea. Who won, and how?

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