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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Technically, the victory in battle meant that Alexander was now what?
(a) The ruler of Macedonia.
(b) The ruler of the world.
(c) The ruler of Indo-Europe.
(d) The ruler of Persia.

3. What war did an uprising in Spain and Portugal against the French emperor later become?
(a) The European War.
(b) The English Civil War.
(c) The Spanish Civil War.
(d) The Peninsular War.

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

5. The inner core of the army was __________________, comprised of about three thousand men, two thousand of which rode into Asia.
(a) Platoon leaders.
(b) Cavalry Companions.
(c) Cavalier Company.
(d) Paratroopers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alexander could, however, claim an abundance of natural resources, livestock, grains, and fertile lands. The latter was due in part to what?

2. When was Alexander born?

3. ___________________, a contemporary of Wellington's from Calcutta, described the man thus: "He was all life and spirits. In height he was about 5 feet 7 inches (in fact nearer 5 feet 10 inches) with a long pale face, a remarkably large aquiline nose, a clear blue eye and the blackest beard I ever saw" (p. 106).

4. During the early morning hours, Wellington took time to write his dispatch, which would later appear in its entirety where?

5. The ___________________ love drama and the theatre.

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Alexander's ten-year march. Why did he do this?

2. How does Wellington's life reveal that he was a man of great persistence, resilience, and fortitude?

3. What did Wellington do when the French set fire to the chateau at Hougomont? Why did he do this?

4. Describe Alexander's parents' personalities and relationship.

5. How does Wellington's war record and number of battles compare to Alexander the Great's?

6. Compare the upbringing of both Wellington and Alexander.

7. What did Castlereagh think of Wellington? Why? How did this affect Wellington?

8. Why might the author use the word "abstractedly" to describe Wellington?

9. Why were other soldiers jealous of Wellington? Should they have been jealous? Why or why not?

10. How was Wellington able to win the Battle of Waterloo? Could it have been won without him? Could it have been won without the aid of the Prussians? Why or why not?

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