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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. What powerful country supports the marriage of Mary Stuart to Darnley?

3. Which of the following actions does not occur in response to what Queen Elizabeth does with the cargo of the four Spanish ships?

4. What does the author say the aim of the book is in the introduction?

5. Who promotes Lord Darnley as a potential husband for Mary Stuart?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Parliament break out into fistfights and how does Queen Elizabeth temporarily resolve the issue?

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

3. Why is Lord Darnley murdered and who is responsible for his murder?

4. Explain Wyatt's rebellion. How does it affect Elizabeth?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Of all of King Henry VIII's children, Queen Elizabeth is said to be most like him. Compare and contrast Queen Elizabeth with her father. In what ways is Elizabeth like her father, and in what ways is she unlike her father? Are her similarities to Henry VIII advantages or disadvantages in her reign of England? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Queen Elizabeth and Mary Stuart. Discuss their appeal to men, their romances, their politics, their leadership ability, and their popularity with their own people. 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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