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. Why didn't Alexander spend much time in Ecbatana?

2. On his march to Pakistan, in what way did Alexander's land-bound troops suffer?

3. How did Bessus die?

4. What upset Alexander about his time in the Bactria area?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Persepolis?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In what circumstances did Parmenio meet his end?

10. What strategy did Alexander take with conquering Babylon?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Thebean uprising against Alexander that culminated in 335 BC. Who financed the uprising and why? Who supported this uprising and why? What was Alexander's response to the uprising? What was the ultimate fate of the city? Finally, what was the political aftermath of Alexander's actions against Thebes?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the state of Alexander's empire at the point of his death. After his death, what happened to Alexander's empire? List the major events involved in the wars of succession for Alexander's kingdom.

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