The Children of Henry VIII Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alison Weir (historian)
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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. Which councilor did not sign the letter to Mary that Queen Jane was invested and crowned?

2. What is the name of the park that Weir states the king's body really lie?

3. How old was Edward VI when John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, invited him to attend council meetings?

4. Jane Grey's father, Henry Grey, was the Marquess of _______?

5. How did Jane Grey respond when she was told that she was no longer queen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do some historians suggest about Elizabeth's illness during the summer of 1548 after Katherine Parr discovered her and Thomas Seymour in one another's arms, and what is Weir's position?

4. Why did Mary write Charles V for protection against the Protestants in 1549?

5. What caused the Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector Edward Seymour to be overthrown by John Dudley?

6. How did Jane Grey's parents treat her and what did it signify?

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

8. Who did Mary solicit to help her escape England and how was it thwarted?

9. How and why did Thomas Seymour attempt to court the king's favor against his brother?

10. What did Duke of Northumberland, pressure the king to do, and why did he court Mary's favor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and Contrast Whitehall with Hampton Court in terms of their purposes and functions for the royal family. How were they sites of both solace and suffering?

Essay Topic 2

Women struggled in Tudor England. They had no rights or power and were considered to be the weaker sex. What were the choices available to women? How did women negotiate their limited roles in society?

Essay Topic 3

As siblings, Edward, Elizabeth, and Mary shared the same father but had little else in common. Discuss Edward's, Elizabeth's, and Mary's lives as siblings. What were the similarities and differences between them as people and as royals?

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