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 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?

2. What was the name of the Catholic gentleman that Mary stayed with after the king's death?

3. When John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, became Lord President of the Council, how did he govern England?

4. What did the Book of Common Prayer, which was passed by the council of regents, allow the clergy to do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who did Duke of Northumberland betroth Jane Grey to after he learned of the king's failing health and why?

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

4. How were Elizabeth and Mary concerning the effect of being disinherited by their father?

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

6. What prediction did Mary hear that made her resolve to stay in England and how is it significant?

7. 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?

8. What actions did Duke of Northumberland take after he betrothed Jane Grey to Guilford?

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

10. What was Edward's reputation as a young king?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The institution of marriage played a significant role in the lives of the Tudors. Compare and contrast the roles, duties, privileges, and sacrifices of wives and husbands during this time.

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