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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. Where does the author say she gets her information about the queen from?

2. Which of the following statements does not describe Wyatt's Rebellion depicted in Chapter 3?

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

4. Who is murdered in the presence of the pregnant Mary Stuart?

5. When representatives of Parliament beg the queen to marry, who does Queen Elizabeth claim to already be married to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Queen Elizabeth so upset that she faints when insufficient evidence of treason is found against Norfolk?

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

3. Why does Mary Stuart consider herself queen of England instead of Elizabeth?

4. Why are Lady Lennox and Lady Shrewsbury sent to the Tower when their children marry?

5. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's attitude toward the persecution of Catholics in England.

6. Discuss the downfall of Mary Stuart after her involvement with the Earl of Bothwell. How does it lead to her forced abdication of her throne?

7. 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?

8. Discuss the demand for glass that arises during Queen Elizabeth's reign.

9. Describe Queen Elizabeth's appearance at age 37, twelve years into her reign.

10. What action does Pope Pius take against the Protestant Elizabeth in 1570 and what effect does it have on Queen Elizabeth's policy of religious tolerance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the reigns of King Henry VIII's three children: King Edward VI, Queen Mary Tudor, and Queen Elizabeth I. Include discussions of religious persecution or tolerance, the prosperity of the realm, and war or peace with other nations during each reign. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Queen Elizabeth's mother Ann Boleyn dies when Elizabeth is just three years old. Compare and contrast the mother figures in Queen Elizabeth's life such as Catherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Kat Ashley, and Lady Tyrwhitt. Discuss how their mothering and the lack of her birth mother's nurturing affects Queen Elizabeth's life. Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Queen Elizabeth's relationship with Lord Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, from its beginning during her childhood to its end with the earl's death. Discuss Leicester's lingering influence on the queen after his death. Do you think the queen loves Leicester in the romantic sense or strictly as a friend? Do you think Leicester ever loves the queen in the romantic sense? Does he only use her to further his ambition? What factors keep them from marrying? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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