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 Alexander spend in Egypt in total?

2. Why was Darius murdered?

3. What was Alexander's extent of knowledge of Indian geography, upon entering India?

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

5. Where did Alexander travel after Gaugamela?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Describe Alexander's conquest of Gaza. Why was Gaza an important city to conquer?

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 political move did Alexander make after Soghdian Rock, and why did he pursue this strategy?

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

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

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

8. What was Darius' ultimate fate after his defeat at Gaugamela?

9. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Persepolis?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

a) Describe the manner in which Darius died.

b) How did Darius' death impact Alexander's political as well as military strategies? What challenges did the death present?

c) How did Alexander react to Darius' death, and how did he change his strategy to suit the moment?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the battle of Issus. 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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