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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Mary Stuart refuse to ratify the Treaty of Edinburgh?
(a) It gives Scotland to Spain.
(b) It gives Scotland to Elizabeth.
(c) It gives Scotland to France.
(d) It recognizes Elizabeth as Queen of England.

2. What is Queen Elizabeth's reaction when her Privy Council finds insufficient evidence to charge Norfolk with treason?
(a) She says she will behead him by her own authority and faints.
(b) She hires an assassin to kill Norfolk.
(c) She is relieved and publicly thanks God.
(d) She has Norfolk poisoned in secret to make sure he is dead.

3. Who is murdered in the presence of the pregnant Mary Stuart?
(a) Lady Lennox.
(b) Rizzio.
(c) Lord Darnley.
(d) Catherine de Medici.

4. Who does Queen Elizabeth suggest as a potential husband for Mary Stuart?
(a) Sir William Cecil.
(b) King Philip of Spain.
(c) Lord Robert Dudley.
(d) Lord Darnley.

5. What kind of ships is the English channel swarming with at the beginning of Chapter 12?
(a) Pirate ships.
(b) Swedish ships.
(c) French ships.
(d) Spanish ships.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Queen Elizabeth hesitates to intervene in the Protestant rebellion in Scotland, how does William Cecil persuade her to take action?

2. When Amy Dudley is found at the bottom of a staircase with a broken neck, who is immediately suspected of murdering her?

3. What does the French ambassador tell the Spanish ambassador about the way Queen Elizabeth spent New Year's Night in 1566?

4. The Scottish Lords expect to find English Catholics waiting to rise and overthrow Elizabeth's government with them, but what do they find instead?

5. In whom does Mary Stuart confide when her marriage to Lord Darnley becomes unhappy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Spain want to invade England in 1587?

2. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's coronation. How do the people of England accept her at the beginning of her reign?

3. Discuss the role Thomas Seymour plays in English government once his nephew Edward becomes king of England and the role he hopes to play through his influence on Elizabeth.

4. Although some historians have written that Queen Elizabeth was bald, the author of <i>Elizabeth the Great</i> does not think Elizabeth was bald. What are some of her reasons for thinking that the queen kept her natural hair throughout her life?

5. Discuss how Lord Darnley becomes king of Scotland and what the Protestant Lords of Scotland feel about his elevated role.

6. What factors help the English prevail over the Spanish Armada?

7. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's bout with smallpox and what fear her illness arouses in her councilors.

8. How does Queen Elizabeth sidestep the issue of marrying when Parliament raises it?

9. What is Elizabeth's relationship with her brother, King Edward VI, like?

10. What does the fact that she is playing the virginals when the Earl of Essex is executed indicate about Queen Elizabeth's feelings for Essex?

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