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John Keegan
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Olympias and Philip were a good match - passionate, loving, and committed by _____________________.
(a) An arranged marriage, not by choice.
(b) Mutual hatred of the Persian emperor.
(c) Choice, not by an arranged marriage.
(d) Choice and an arranged marriage.

2. Chapter one, "Alexander the Great and Heroic Leadership," begins with Keegan comparing Alexander to Napoleon, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Prince Charles, Hitler and others. Does the author believe any of these leaders can compare to Alexander the Great?
(a) Yes, all of them.
(b) Yes, some of them.
(c) Yes, one of them.
(d) No.

3. Wellington chose to make plans and do what?
(a) Ignore the plans.
(b) Whatever he could to avoid fighting a great battle.
(c) Change the plans frequently.
(d) Attack quickly without thinking.

4. The French were determined to throw a web of alliances over the principalities as a sign of allegiance to whom?
(a) The Russians.
(b) The Chinese.
(c) The Moghuls.
(d) The Swedes.

5. One of the biggest benefits of Wellington's scarce idle time is what?
(a) The commander never made mistakes.
(b) Not much is known about the commander.
(c) The commander wrote a great deal.
(d) The commander could not get himself into trouble.

6. Alexander paid a visit to the Oracle and it was said that the Oracle referred to Alexander as the son of whom?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Poseidon.
(c) Hercules.
(d) Philip.

7. It was ______ months later before Alexander and Darius met again.
(a) Five.
(b) Ten.
(c) Eight.
(d) Two.

8. Aristotle would become known as one of the world's most brilliant philosophers and the founding father of ___________.
(a) Globalization.
(b) Democracy.
(c) Empiricism.
(d) Umpiricism.

9. In ____________, Wellington was awarded with the Order of the Garter as well as a field marshal's baton.
(a) 1803.
(b) 1818.
(c) 1813.
(d) 1823.

10. In 1806, Wellington realized what dream?
(a) Of graduating from college.
(b) Of being married.
(c) Of becoming a military leader.
(d) Of being accepted by his military peers.

11. Alexander developed a reverence for what Greek god?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Poseidon.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Hercules.

12. The most important battle of Wellington's life would turn out to be the __________ day battle at Waterloo.
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Four.
(d) Five.

13. When did Wellington come alive in his military career?
(a) After his military stint in India.
(b) After the Battle of Waterloo.
(c) Before his military stint in India.
(d) While in military school.

14. Like many royals, Alexander had a tutor. Alexander's tutor of __________ years also happened to be a brilliant student of Plato's, a man named Aristotle.
(a) Four.
(b) Six.
(c) Five.
(d) Three.

15. The Macedonian army was different from that of the _______________ in that it was essentially a militia in which the citizens had the right to bear arms.
(a) Romans.
(b) Persians.
(c) Americans.
(d) Greeks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Did Aristotle have a long and irreversible impact on Alexander?

2. For how long did Alexander march?

3. After Philip died, it was clear that it was Alexander's time to assume power at the tender age of ___________.

4. Alexander often used __________ to the point of detriment.

5. One of Wellington's aims upon his return home was to help save ______________, who had fallen into scandal.

(see the answer keys)

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