Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

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 Alexander offer Thebes amnesty?

3. Who assassinated Philip?

4. What was the Macedonian infantry known as?

5. What important battle took place in August 338?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who supported the Thebean uprising? What role did Darius of Persia have in the uprising?

2. Why did Alexander send Parmenio to Damascus shortly after Alexander met Darius at Marathos? What did Parmenio succeed in procuring?

3. Describe the diplomatic fallout in regards to Persia's capturing of Sidon in 345 BC.

4. What was the nature of the deal Alexander struck with Queen Ada in Allinda? Why was this a politically crafty strategy?

5. Describe Alexander's sack of Thebes. What negotiations occurred (and failed) prior to the city's destruction?

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

7. Describe the values given to Alexander by Aristotle.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Thebean uprising against Alexander that culminated in 335 BC. Who financed the uprising and why? Who supported this uprising and why? What was Alexander's response to the uprising? What was the ultimate fate of the city? Finally, what was the political aftermath of Alexander's actions against Thebes?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the battle of Gaugamela. Include:

a) the pretext to the battle;

b) the major combatants;

c) the geographical context;

d) the events of the battle itself, including strategy and tactics; and

e) the results of the battle.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the battle of Jhelum River. Include:

a) the pretext to the battle;

b) the major combatants;

c) the geographical context;

d) the events of the battle itself, including strategy and tactics; and

e) the results of the battle.

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