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 did the ethnic makeup of Alexander's army change by the time he entered India?

2. What happened with Alexander and his troops at Chenab?

3. Why did Alexander order Parmenio to be executed?

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

5. Why did Alexander ultimately stop his push eastward into Arabia?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the build-up to the battle of Gaugamela. Where was Darius' army located, and what strategy did he try to employ? How did Alexander counter this strategy?

4. What strategy did Alexander take with the city of Ambphi, and why did he pursue this strategy?

5. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Persepolis?

6. Describe the beginning of Alexander's pursuit of Bessus, through the Hindu Kush.

7. What did Darius' death mean for Alexander, politically?

8. Describe what happened when Alexander finally reached the Indian Ocean.

9. Describe what Antipater was doing in Greece while Alexander was away. What did he think of Alexander's claim to divinity? What were his own ambitions for power?

10. What action did Alexander take in 324 BC when he arrived in Opis? How did the troops react? How did Alexander respond to this troop reaction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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