Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.: A Historical Biography Test | Final 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. How long did Gaza hold out against Alexander's pressure?

2. How did Bessus die?

3. At Chenab, what warning did a soothsayer have for Alexander?

4. To what land did Alexander plan travel to after India?

5. In February 324 BC, Alexander arrived in which territory?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Alexander's movements and activity in January and February 324 BC. What was his state of mind? What were his plans?

2. Describe the battle of Gaugamela. How even were the forces? What strategy did Alexander use? What were the results of the battle?

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

4. What rumor spread during the battle of the Chenab citadel, and what action did Alexander take to stop the rumor?

5. How did Alexander's relationship with Parmenio change after the battle of Persepolis?

6. Describe the marriages that took place in Susa in 324 BC. How politically effective were these marriages?

7. Describe Alexander's experience in Chenab as he sailed down the Jhelum River. What action did his army take?

8. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Persepolis?

9. Who were the Successors, and what importance did they have in Alexander's army?

10. In what circumstances did Parmenio meet his end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Alexander's Indian campaign. Include:

a) major battles;

b) major cities conquered;

c) challenges faced by Alexander and his army;

d) reasons for Alexander stopping a further march eastward; and

d) the overall result of the Indian campaign, especially as it relates to the success Alexander had in previous campaigns.

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 Darius and Alexander's meeting at Marathos. At what point in the Persian campaign did this meeting take place? What was discussed? What were the offers and counteroffers? What was the ultimate result of the discussions?

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