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Pardon Me, Just Invading your Land! Quiz

King Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon took the legacy of his father King Philip II, secured it, and then expanded it by including a few neighbors. Here are a few questions about his campaigns. Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.

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  • Question of

    With his father’s assassination in 336 BC, Alexander needed to consolidate what had already been established as the Kingdom of Macedonia, including the League of Corinth hegemony. Beginning from his home country of Macedon, he first went south, executing a slick maneuver in the mountains to outflank the army of which neighboring nation?

    • Thessaly
    • Sparta
    • Molossia
    • Thrace
  • Question of

    Having reestablished control over the League of Corinth, Alexander heard news of an uprising in Thrace, a subject province to the north of Macedon. After defeating the first Thracian tribe to face him (the Triballi), Alexander had to cross a major river to face the Getae tribe on the opposite shore. Which river?

    • The Mesta
    • The Vardar
    • The Danube
    • The Morava
  • Question of

    During the Siege of Pelium (the final battle to secure Thrace), rumours of Alexander’s death were spread in the Greek city-states by a politician named Demosthenes. Without the presence of Alexander’s army, which city-state declared itself independent of Macedon, causing Alexander to return and ‘make an example’ of it?

    • Corinth
    • Athens
    • Delphi
    • Thebes
  • Question of

    With his backyard secure, Alexander the Great turned his attentions to the Persian Empire to the east. Who was the Persian “King of Kings” at the time that Alexander began his campaign?

    • King Darius III
    • King Artaxerxes III Ochus
    • King Artaxerxes IV Arses
    • King Artaxerxes II Mnemon
  • Question of

    What was Alexander’s first major battle in Persian territory, located near the site of Troy, where Alexander faced a number of Persian satraps?

    • The Siege of Tyre
    • The Siege of Halicarnassus
    • The Battle of the Granicus River
    • The Battle of Issus
  • Question of

    As Alexander steadily conquered Asia Minor, Darius was persuaded to take command of the Persian army and to personally face the Macedonian. A year and a half after Alexander’s first foray into Persian territory, they met in battle. Where?

    • The Battle of Issus
    • The Siege of Tyre
    • The Siege of Halicarnassus
    • The Battle of the Granicus River
  • Question of

    What Phoenician city-state did Alexander spend several months besieging before finally defeating it through the use of the captured Persian navy?

    • Carthage
    • Tyre
    • Gaza
    • Gaugamela
  • Question of

    Alexander moved on Mesopotamia in 331 BC, finally facing Darius again in battle, and again defeating him decisively, despite facing superior numbers. Which battle was this?

    • The Battle of Babylon
    • The Battle of Arbela
    • The Battle of Gaugamela
    • The Battle of Nineveh

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