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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. What do four Spanish ships that take refuge in Plymouth and Southampton in December 1568 carry?
2. What does the Earl of Leicester tell the French ambassador that Queen Elizabeth said about marriage when she was eight years-old?
3. Who does the Spanish Ambassador Don Gerau de Spies plot to marry to Mary Stuart to restore Catholicism to England?
4. What action does Pope Pius take against Queen Elizabeth in 1570?
5. In whom does Mary Stuart confide when her marriage to Lord Darnley becomes unhappy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What implications does the Massacre of St. Bartholomew have for England and Queen Elizabeth?
2. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's bout with smallpox and what fear her illness arouses in her councilors.
3. Explain the role of Henry VIII in the establishment of the Church of England.
4. What does Queen Elizabeth find appealing about Prince Alenzon when he is so physically unattractive? What do her people find so objectionable about him?
5. How does Queen Elizabeth sidestep the issue of marrying when Parliament raises it?
6. Describe Queen Elizabeth's appearance at age 37, twelve years into her reign.
7. Discuss Queen Elizabeth's response to criticism of the Anglican Church for appointing incompetent clergy.
8. Discuss the plot of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, and Duke of Northumberland, to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne after King Edward VI dies.
9. 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.
10. 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?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ambition is one of the themes in Elizabeth the Great. Discuss how the theme of ambition is illustrated in each of the following characters' lives: Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex; Thomas Seymour, the Lord High Admiral; and Edward Seymour the Duke of Somerset. What do you think the author is trying to say about ambition through how she depicts these characters? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Sir Francis Drake and piracy during the Elizabethan era. What does piracy bring to the English realm? How does Elizabeth feel about it? What affect does piracy have on England's relationship with Spain? 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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