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 many boys did Alexander choose to become Successors?

2. What did Alexander learn from a messenger on his way to Sousa?

3. Why was Darius murdered?

4. How did Bessus die?

5. What action did Alexander take in Opis in 324 BC in regards to his army?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of riches did Alexander discover in India? What compounded any financial difficulties Alexander encountered in India?

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

5. 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?

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

7. After Gaza, describe Alexander's campaign through Egypt. How long was he there? What important events happened during his time in Egypt?

8. What was Alexander's plan after his Indian campaign? What curtailed further plans?

9. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Babylon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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