Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography Test | Lesson Plans 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 occurred in the siege of Halicarnassus?

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

3. What kind of military leader was King Philip?

4. Where was Alexander the Great born?

5. How many years did Alexander study with Aristotle?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What difficulties did Alexander encounter once he reached Oxus? What was the ultimate fate of Bessus?

6. What was Alexander's history with Satibarzanes?

7. After Massago, in what way did Alexander divide his army, and what orders did he give?

8. In what circumstances did Parmenio meet his end?

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

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

Essay 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 actions that Alexander took when Philip was murdered and Alexander became king, up until the Thebean uprising. With what political realities did he have to deal? How did different city states react? What were Alexander's motivations?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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