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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 does the French ambassador tell the Spanish ambassador about the way Queen Elizabeth spent New Year's Night in 1566?

2. Who expects to be named Queen Elizabeth's "heiress-presumptive"?

3. The Scottish Lords expect to find English Catholics waiting to rise and overthrow Elizabeth's government with them, but what do they find instead?

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

5. What happens to bring Princess Elizabeth to the English throne in place of Mary, her sister?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Queen Elizabeth offer Lord Robert Dudley as a potential husband to Mary Stuart and what reasons do Mary Stuart and Dudley have for objecting to the union?

2. Why does the Duke of Anjou not want to marry Queen Elizabeth when his parents suggest the match?

3. Why is Catherine Grey's pregnancy so upsetting to Queen Elizabeth?

4. By the time Queen Elizabeth is 60 years-old, what trait has become more pronounced in her?

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

6. 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.

7. What does the fact that she is playing the virginals when the Earl of Essex is executed indicate about Queen Elizabeth's feelings for Essex?

8. What signs are there that Queen Elizabeth is not as strongly influenced by the Earl of Essex as many of her advisors fear?

9. Discuss the irony of the date of Elizabeth's death.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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