Elizabeth the Great Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Queen Elizabeth revive the Royal Navy?

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

3. What does Elizabeth ride in through London to Westminster on the Saturday before her coronation?

4. Why does Mary Stuart refuse to ratify the Treaty of Edinburgh?

5. Whose household does Princess Elizabeth live in after her father's death?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Discuss the Earl of Essex's failures in Ireland.

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

4. What is the order of succession for Henry VIII's three children after his death? What makes Elizabeth's legitimacy come into question?

5. Discuss the Earl of Leicester's marriage to Lettice Devereux and its affect on his relationship with Queen Elizabeth.

6. What is the author's intention in writing <i>Elizabeth the Great</i>? How does her intention affect the shape of the book?

7. What implications does the Massacre of St. Bartholomew have for England and Queen Elizabeth?

8. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's response to criticism of the Anglican Church for appointing incompetent clergy.

9. When she breaks her promise to marry him, how does Queen Elizabeth gratify Prince Alenzon?

10. What is the Bond of Association?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast any three of the following advisors to Queen Elizabeth: William Cecil, Sir Francis Walsingham, Robert Cecil, and Roger Bacon. What religion is each man and how does his religion influence his advising of the queen? Do the queen's advisors during her youth have a different relationship with her than her advisors during her later years? What advantages and disadvantages does being an advisor to the queen bring each man? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character of Queen Elizabeth. What are her strengths? What are her flaws? How do her strengths help her reign and how do her flaws hinder her reign? Does she defy or define the stereotypical image of a woman of her era? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the tragic fate of Mary Stuart. What factors keep her from the Tower for so many years? What factors eventually lead to her beheading? Is Mary a victim of the era in which she lived, or a victim of her own naivety and ineptitude?

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