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. What was the name of the Italian doctor who didn't inform the court of Edward VI's condition?

2. Why did Mary imply that Edward VI was not old enough to attend council meetings, according to Weir?

3. Why did John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, begin to court Mary's good favor after discovering the king's condition?

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

5. What did Thomas Seymour tell the Yeomen of the Guard when they arrived at the king's chamber after he and his armed men entered with a forged key?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What did Mary press Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, to do and how did he respond?

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

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

5. Whose protection did Mary seek and how did that person help her?

6. What act was passed in March 1549 and who suffered from it?

7. What did Kat Ashley tell Thomas Parry and why is it significant?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Weir discusses religious oppression in Tudor England. Choose two people and discuss how religious oppression affected them.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Henry VIII's relationship to his children by addressing notions of legitimacy, ascension, and religion within the kingdom.

Essay Topic 3

Illness and disease during 16th century England was widespread and devastating. Discuss the outbreak of disease, its causes and outcomes, and the impact it had on every day life.

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