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John Keegan
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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. Throughout Alexander's childhood, the boy was well educated in many areas suitable to a young royal. Alexander's education included learning to sing and play the lyre, hunt, ride, and to debate, and to appreciate epic poetry, mostly as it related to whom?

2. Alexander developed a reverence for what Greek god?

3. Once Wellington took the reins, he had participated in an average of how many battles per year, not counting the years taken off during peacetime or tending to other duties?

4. Wellington had first witnessed warfare in _________ in Holland.

5. How was Alexander toward his men?

Short Essay Questions

1. Overall, do you believe that Alexander was a great leader? Why or why not?

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

3. Compare the upbringing of both Wellington and Alexander.

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

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

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

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

8. How did Macedonia's wealth compare to the wealth of other countries?

9. Describe Alexander's relationship with his men. What does this reveal about his character?

10. Describe the army Alexander inherited from his father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Keegan mentions that many of the leaders were put under more strain than their men.

Part 1) Are you surprised by this? Why or why not? Under what strain are these leaders? How does it affect many of them? How does it affect their ability to lead?

Part 2) What strain are our own leaders today put under? How does this strain affect their ability to lead? How does it affect us as civilians?

Part 3) What strain are you under in your own life? How does it affect you? How can this help you empathize with world leaders?

Essay Topic 2

Fame and prestige often accompanied military success.

Part 1) Describe the fame and prestige of the military leaders described in this book. Why did military success carry such worth?

Part 2) Do you believe that fame and prestige influenced these leaders? Why or why not? Do you believe it played a role in recruiting and encouraging men to join the military? Explain.

Part 3) Is fame and prestige still connected to the military and successful military pursuits? Why or why not? What do you think of when you think of the U.S. military? Is this a true image or one that comes from government propaganda?

Essay Topic 3

We are living in a nuclear age.

Part 1) How have we come to live in the nuclear age? Do you believe this could have been predicted one hundred years ago? Why or why not?

Part 2) Are our leaders today better at listening to their citizens? Can communication be improved between U.S. leaders and citizens as well as between world leaders? If so, how? If not, why not?

Part 3) Do you believe the nuclear age will end? If so, how? If not, why not?

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