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. In which month did the battle of Gaugamela take place?

2. What did Antipater believe about Alexander's claims to divinity?

3. In January 324 BC, Alexander left for which territory?

4. What initially prevented Alexander from pursuing Bessus after Alexander executed Parmenio?

5. Who were the satraps?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In what circumstances did Parmenio meet his end?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the circumstances surrounding Alexander's death. Why is this moment unclear to historians? What are specific theories behind Alexander's death? What evidence do historians provide to back up these theories?

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 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.

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