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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. The spears were ________________ feet long and quite heavy; therefore, they were not used in battle per se, although they might be seen on the periphery.

2. One of the biggest benefits of Wellington's scarce idle time is what?

3. For how long did Alexander march?

4. By 3:00 on Sunday the __________, the battle at Waterloo was in full swing.

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In Chapter Two, "Wellington the Man," what does the author reiterate? Why?

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

5. Describe Wellington's dress during a battle. Why might he have dressed this way?

6. Describe Alexander's education.

7. How did Wellington treat his men? What might this reveal about him?

8. Why was, and is, it important for a leader to have good oration skills?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The leaders in this book had differing relationships with their men.

Part 1) How did these leaders feel about their men? How did these feelings influence their behavior toward their soldiers?

Part 2) Do you believe that a leader should trust his or her soldiers? Why or why not? Should a leader physically lead his or her army? Why or why not?

Part 3) What do you believe is the attitude of the U.S. military leaders toward their soldiers today? Why do you believe this? Does this attitude toward the American soldier today differ from the past? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Alexander was well-known for his flair for the dramatic.

Part 1) Describe his interest in drama. How does this reflect his personality and upbringing? What might the Macedonians think of this? Would his flair for the dramatic be accepted in other cultures at that time? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did other leaders mentioned in this book compare to Alexander, regarding melodramatic behavior? Were they all as melodramatic? Why or why not?

Part 3) What leaders in our world today are considered melodramatic? How does this affect those that could potentially follow them? How does it affect those who go against them?

Essay Topic 3

The author believes it is not desirable for a leader to storm in and take command, at least not without the acceptance of his or her people.

Part 1) Do you agree with him? Why or why not? Did citizens in the past want their leaders to take control? Why or why not?

Part 2) Why does the author believe the view of the leader should change in the nuclear age? If it were not the nuclear age, does the author believe there would be nothing wrong with a leader coming in and taking charge? Explain.

Part 3) Do you believe that by listening to the citizens, a leader could make better decisions regarding the nation as a whole? Why or why not?

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