The Early Years Of Alexander The Great

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Alexander The Great Quizzes & Trivia

Alexander the Great in son of Philip. He was a king of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon. Let's take this quiz and learn more about him!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The English word "marathon" comes from ancient Greece. What is the exact origin of this word?
    • A. 

      It was a race held every 42 years in ancient Greece in the city of Marathon.

    • B. 

      A messenger ran 42 miles from Marathon to Athens to bring news of battle.

    • C. 

      An important battle between the Greeks and the Persians that last 42 days ended in Marathon.

    • D. 

      The leader of the city of Marathon led an army that defeated the Persians.

  • 2. 
    The king of the Greek gods was named ____________ and he used ______________ to punish people on Earth.
    • A. 

      Zeus / armies of angels

    • B. 

      Zeus / thunder and lightning

    • C. 

      Apollo / female soldiers

    • D. 

      Apollo / rain and floods

  • 3. 
    What was the Greek government like at the time of Alexander?
    • A. 

      Greece was made up of independent cities that spoke the same language.

    • B. 

      Greece was a single empire with a king that rules all the cities.

    • C. 

      Greece was a single democracy with a senate that voted on laws for all the cities.

    • D. 

      Greece was made up of independent cities and states with different religions and languages, but they fought together if enemies attacked.

  • 4. 
    What happened after Alexander offered to marry the daughter of the King of Caria?
    • A. 

      Alexander got married to her shortly after, and the two kingdoms became one.

    • B. 

      Alexander's half brother was very angry and tried to kill Alexander.

    • C. 

      The King of Caria felt very insulted because he wanted a better member of King Phillip's family, and the King attacked Macedonia.

    • D. 

      Alexander's father was very angry, and Alexander's place in the government became weaker.

  • 5. 
    Why was King Phillip killed?
    • A. 

      Olympias killed him because she was jealous of his other lovers.

    • B. 

      No one knows, but his murder was probably paid for by Olympias.

    • C. 

      No one knows, but Alexander probably paid for his murder.

    • D. 

      Olympias killed him because she wanted to protect Alexander from Phillip.

  • 6. 
    Why did the Spartans say to Alexander, "It is our fathers' habit not to follow others but to lead them"?
    • A. 

      Because they agreed to let Alexander be their king.

    • B. 

      Because they refused to let Alexander rule them.

    • C. 

      Because their fathers were Alexander's uncles.

    • D. 

      Because they believed their fathers were gods.

  • 7. 
    What did Alexander take when he left Troy?
    • A. 

      All the gold he could find

    • B. 

      A sword that the gods had created

    • C. 

      A shield from the Ages of Heroes

    • D. 

      The dead body of Hector, one of Alexander's greatest enemies.

  • 8. 
    How was Alexander able to defeat the Persians at the River Granicus?
    • A. 

      Alexander's men crossed the wide river and attacked at noon.

    • B. 

      The Persians crossed the river at night and there was surprise attack in the morning.

    • C. 

      Alexander's men burned the forest around the Persians, and they gave up.

    • D. 

      Alexander surrounded the Persians for several months, and then the Persians ran out of food and water.

  • 9. 
    The Persian city of Halicarnassus was home to the Mausoleum which was one of the ________________.
    • A. 

      Smallest tombs in the city

    • B. 

      Seven wonders of the world

    • C. 

      Most important castles in the area

    • D. 

      Most impressive palaces in Persia

  • 10. 
    Why was the Gordian Knot important to Alexander?
    • A. 

      It was used to keep him tied up when the Persians captured him.

    • B. 

      It was the knot of the rope that was used to kill his father.

    • C. 

      It was the knot that held the doors of the city of Troy closed.

    • D. 

      Whoever could untie the knot would rule Asia, and Alexander broke it.