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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. While in Gordium, what did Alexander take as a sign from Zeus to continue his campaign?

2. After Issus, Darius supplied the king of which territory with Persian ships?

3. What made Tyre difficult to capture?

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

5. For his 336 BC to 335 BC military campaign, what kind of training did Alexander have his troops undergo?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What important messages did King Philip of Macedon receive in September 356 BC?

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

9. For what reasons was Macedonia deeply in debt in 335 BC, prior to the Persian campaign?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

a) Describe who Antipater was, and what role he had in Alexander's empire.

b) What steps did Antipater take to consolidate power while Alexander was away? Who opposed Antipater in this process?

c) What were Antipater's own feelings about Alexander? What did Antipater believe about Alexander's divinity?

d) Describe the major events in which Antipater was involved after Alexander's death in the wars of succession.

Essay Topic 2

1) Describe the steps Philip took to guard against Alexander's growing ambition to be king.

2) In what manner was Philip assassinated? What were the circumstances?

3) Discuss the historical uncertainty associated with Philip's assassination, including the nature of his assassin as well as who was the mastermind behind the assassination.

Essay Topic 3

a) Why did Alexander's victory at Gaugamela and resultant strategy represent a turning point in Alexander's relationship with his professional army? How did this relationship progress over time?

b) Describe the events of Chenab and Chenab citadel, and how they relate to Alexander's relationship with his troops.

b) Describe what action Alexander took at Opis, and how it relates to his relationship with his troops.

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