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 monument was built in response to events after the battle of Chaeronaea?

2. How could Macedonia be characterized prior to Philip's rule?

3. What kind of military leader was King Philip?

4. What was NOT one of the actions Alexander took after his father was murdered?

5. What city state did Alexander attack in 336 BC as he pushed toward the Danube River?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Darius propose at Marathos after the battle of Issus? What was Alexander's response?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1) Describe the political situation with which Philip had to deal in 939 BC and into 938 BC. How did he manage to emerge victorious, forcing a showdown at Chaeronaea?

2) Discuss how the battle of Chaeronaea proceeded. How did Alexander and Philip achieve victory? Discuss the military formation and strategy that was used.

3) Discuss the political aftermath of the battle of Chaeronaea. How did the battle change the political landscape? What were the immediate political consequences?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the circumstances surrounding Alexander's death. Why is this moment unclear to historians? What are specific theories behind Alexander's death? What evidence do historians provide to back up these theories?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the battle of Granicus 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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