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1. 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?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. What was Alexander's first major battle in Persian territory, located near the site of Troy, where Alexander faced a number of Persian satraps?
6. 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?
7. What Phoenician city-state did Alexander spend several months besieging before finally defeating it through the use of the captured Persian navy?
8. Before continuing east into the heartland of Persian power, Alexander turned his sights south, finding his way down to a land where he established a city that he named after himself. In what land was this?
9. 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?
10. After defeating the Persian Empire, Alexander consolidated what he had for a few years. Eventually (in 327 BC) he decided to continue his campaign of conquest by invading the Indian subcontinent. Why did he turn back only a year later?
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