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 do Scotland's Protestant Lords deal with Lord Darnley?

2. How old is Elizabeth when she becomes queen of England?

3. According to the introduction, on what does the book focus?

4. How does Queen Elizabeth revive the Royal Navy?

5. Why does Mary Stuart refuse to divorce Lord Darnley?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Queen Elizabeth reluctant to behead Mary Stuart?

2. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's seizing of Spanish gold chests and the retaliation against England by Spain.

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

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

5. What is the "Bloody Question" and how does it affect Catholic priests in England?

6. What folly does Queen Elizabeth's cousin, Mary Grey, commit? What previous examples in her own family should have taught her not to take this step?

7. 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.

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

9. What is Elizabeth like at age 25 when she first becomes queen?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Queen Elizabeth's refusal to marry and provide an heir to the throne results in much frustration for her and her advisors, Parliament, and her people. Discuss the queen's perpetual spinsterhood and the advantages and disadvantages it brings to her personally and as a leader. What advantages and disadvantages does her spinsterhood bring to England? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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