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 the public believe about Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset's actions regarding his brother Thomas's death?

2. According to Weir, what could John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, have done with the king's body to avoid an autopsy?

3. Why did John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, seem virtuous even though he was greedy and corrupt?

4. What was the rumor circulating about Elizabeth's illness that Weir said there was no truth to?

5. How old was Elizabeth when Thomas Seymour moved in with Katherine Parr?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When the council of regents came into power after Henry VIII's death, who assumed positions of power and what were the consequences?

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

4. Describe Thomas Seymour's attempted coup and what did he claim when it failed?

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

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

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

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

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

10. After fleeing Kenninghall when it is set fire by Protestants, what did Mary tell her councilors and household and why was it significant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Ascension to the throne was an intricate process, bound up in social, cultural, and political customs. How did ascension to the throne affect the lives of Henry VIII's children, Edward, Mary, and Elizabeth not only in terms of their predetermined roles in society, but also in terms of their personal identities?

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