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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 does Botaniates renounce his claim to the throne?

2. What happens when people realize Alexius survived battle with Robert?

3. Who does Anna say tries to act in order to remove the suspicion that arose after Alexius took power?

4. What oath does Bryennius take according to Anna?

5. Where is Bohemund when he hears about Bryennius' actions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the conflict over choosing the Emperor?

2. What is the significance of the adoption discussed in Book II?

3. What does Anna note about the state of Rome?

4. What did Anna the Elder do for the Empire?

5. What happens to the night ambush Alexius planned in Book IV?

6. What happened when people heard that Alexius survived the battle?

7. What happened to Paleaologus during one of the battles described in Book IV?

8. How does Alexius drive Byrennius out of Castoria at the beginning of Book VI?

9. In Book V, what ancient law did Alexius examine and who acted in opposition?

10. What does Alexius discover on his way back to Constantinople and what does Alexius do as a result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "The Alexiad", the Church played an important role and had authority to question Alexius over certain wrongdoing or poor behavior. In an essay, examine the role the church played, including priests and the pope, in the Byzantine Empire and in "The Alexiad".

Essay Topic 2

The Emperor was an important figure in the Byzantine Empire. In an essay, discuss the role of the Emperor, including significant tasks and responsibilities. Discuss how Alexius met these responsibilities while using the book to support your statements.

Essay Topic 3

After examining ancient law, Alexius determines that it is okay to sell church property to ransom prisoners of war. In an essay, discuss ancient law and how it affected Alexius' decisions either positively or negatively, using the text to support your discussion.

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