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Alison Weir (historian)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why did Mary decide not to declare religious changes after the Act of Uniformity was declared?
(a) Because she believed Edward was too young to make judgements on religion.
(b) Because she didn't want the Act of Uniformity to change.
(c) Because she feared Edward would imprison her if she made changes.
(d) Because she wanted the people to decide if changes to the act should be made.

2. Why did Mary imply that Edward VI was not old enough to attend council meetings, according to Weir?
(a) Because she was afraid Charles V would not protect her.
(b) Because she was afraid Elizabeth would gain more power.
(c) Because she was afraid of being eliminated from succession.
(d) Because she was afraid Edward VI would be taken advantage of.

3. What was the name of the epidemic that broke out in the summer of 1551?
(a) Typhus.
(b) Black death.
(c) Plague.
(d) Sweating sickness.

4. What was the name of the Italian doctor who didn't inform the court of Edward VI's condition?
(a) Galileo Cecato.
(b) Gregorio Creola.
(c) Gilberto Colabera.
(d) Girolamo Cardano.

5. What did the Book of Common Prayer, which was passed by the council of regents, allow the clergy to do?
(a) Marry.
(b) Wear vestments.
(c) Proselytize.
(d) Own property.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was it fashionable for courtiers to pursue arts and literature and not sports and tournaments when Edward VI reigned?

2. What title did John Dudley get after Henry VIII's death?

3. On what grounds did Henry divorce Katherine of Aragon?

4. What did John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, convince Edward VI to do before his death?

5. When Jane Grey visited Mary in October of 1550, what did she discover that shocked her?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the grounds of Henry VIII's divorce to Katherine of Aragon and what did they signify?

2. Describe the relationship between Thomas Seymour and his fourteen year-old stepdaughter Elizabeth and its significance.

3. How old was Edward VI when he was crowned and why is his age significant?

4. What was Edward Seymour accused of that brought about a sentence of death by beheading, and what was the public's response?

5. What was Elizabeth's reputation following Thomas Seymour's death and what did it signify?

6. Whom did Thomas Seymour marry after failing to secure the hand of Princess Mary, and why was it significant?

7. How does Weir describe Mary's character and why is it significant?

8. Who did Mary send to the Tower after she was crowned queen?

9. How did Jane Grey react to her ascension and why was it significant?

10. How did Elizabeth respond to Duke of Northumberland's pressure to have her rescind her claim to the throne?

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