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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. 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?

2. The author states that the only things that saved Wellington from sure death were his superior riding skills and the presence of __________________, his prize steed.

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

4. 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.

5. The author states that Alexander was deeply affected by two things during his childhood - his love of Homer's epic poetry and the extreme and eccentric beliefs of whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Alexander's education.

2. Describe the army Alexander inherited from his father.

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

4. How was Wellington rewarded for his military success? Why was he rewarded in this way?

5. How was Alexander's melodramatic personality both a help and a hindrance?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Germany almost won WWI.

Part 1) Why did they not win? What might have happened if Germany had won? Would WWII have occurred? Why or why not? Would Germany have needed Hitler? Why or why not?

Part 2) What would our world be like now if WWI had been won by the Germans? Would it be better? Why or why not?

Part 3) How much of an impact has war had on our culture and the world as we know it? Why is war a part of human interaction? Will there ever be world peace? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Alexander inherited his father's army.

Part 1) Describe the Macedonian army. How did it compare to other armies of its day? How does it compare to modern armies?

Part 2) How was the size and skill of this army both a benefit and a detriment to Alexander? How are modern day armies also beneficial and detrimental?

Part 3) How did Alexander treat the men in his army? What does this reveal about him? How does his treatment of his men compare to the treatment of the soldiers by other leaders described in this book? How are our own military personnel treated today? How important is the relationship between a leader and his or her followers? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Alexander the Great was compared to many other leaders.

Part 1) How did Alexander become such a great leader? Why does the author seem to believe that no other can match Alexander the Great? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 2) Of the leaders mentioned in this book, who is the greatest leader, besides Alexander the Great? Why do you believe this? How does this leader compare to other leaders?

Part 3) Who is a great leader today? How does this leader compare to the leaders mentioned in this book? Are the world's leaders becoming greater? Why or why not?

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