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Alexander the Great: A Multiple-Choice Quiz and Study Guide for Students and Homeschoolers

Updated on January 2, 2018
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Dorothy McKenney is a former newspaper reporter turned researcher. Her husband, Mike, is a professional landscape/nature photographer.

"The Clemency of Alexander the Great" by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini.
"The Clemency of Alexander the Great" by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini.
  • Alexander the Great (Alexander III of Macedon) was tutored by Aristotle, something he probably found useful, especially after the death of his father, Philip II of Macedon, when he inherited his father's kingdom and his army. Alexander never lost a battle (thus the "Great" title), but according to all of the articles, texts, books and magazines I have read about him, his personal life could be classified as slightly less than great.
  • Author's Note: As a matter of fact, I don't think I would have liked him at all.
  • Alexander had three wives and some believe he had a number of mistresses (or concubines), one of whom bore him a son. He also had another son with one of his wives, but both sons died before reaching adulthood.
  • Mary Renault, the English writer who was best known for her historical novels set in Ancient Greece, also wrote a nonfiction biography of Alexander. She, however, never believed the aforementioned details of his personal life to be accurate, and is quoted:
  • "No record at all exists of such a woman accompanying his march; nor of any claim by her, or her powerful kin, that she had born him offspring. Yet twelve years after his death a boy was produced, seventeen years old...a claimant and shortlived pawn in the succession wars...no source reports any notice whatever taken by him of a child who, Roxane's being posthumous, would have been during his lifetime his only son, by a near-royal mother. In a man who named cities after his horse and dog, this strains credulity."
  • Note: The Nature of Alexander (1975) is the only nonfiction work by novelist Mary Renault (1905–1983).

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's painting of Alexander the Great and Diogenes, painted sometime in the 1700's.  Diogenes the Cynic was one of the few people who mocked Alexander the Great and lived.
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's painting of Alexander the Great and Diogenes, painted sometime in the 1700's. Diogenes the Cynic was one of the few people who mocked Alexander the Great and lived.
1818 Painting of Alexander the Great and Diogenes by Nicolas-Andre Monsiau, a French history and portrait painter.
1818 Painting of Alexander the Great and Diogenes by Nicolas-Andre Monsiau, a French history and portrait painter.

"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion."

- Alexander the Great

Silver Alexander the Great coin.
Silver Alexander the Great coin.

© 2011 Mike and Dorothy McKenney

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      Civil War Bob 

      6 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Well done hub and the quiz was excellent.

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