The Life of Elizabeth I Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Alison Weir (historian)
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What, the author theorizes, may have been part of Robin's allure for the Queen?
(a) He was extremely wealthy and she needed money.
(b) He was the most handsome man who ever lived.
(c) She had all the control in their relationship.
(d) She needed someone to teach her to ride a horse.

2. Why did Elizabeth want her suitors to visit England in person?
(a) She wanted to kidnap them and hold them for ransom.
(b) She wanted to interrogate them to make sure they were honest.
(c) She would not marry someone she had not met.
(d) She was unable to travel to them because of illness.

3. Who did Cecil, Norfolk, and Sussex want the Queen to marry?
(a) The Earl of Leicester.
(b) Charles IX.
(c) Maximilian II.
(d) Lord Darnley.

4. How did Elizabeth stave off the dangers from Catholics abroad?
(a) She renewed marriage negotiations for protection.
(b) She paid Spain large amounts of gold to protect England.
(c) She moved everyone to Ireland.
(d) She declared war on the Catholics.

5. In Chapter 4, who was the Queen's favorite person at court?
(a) William Cecil.
(b) Robert Dudley.
(c) Catherine de'Medici.
(d) Mary, Queen of Scots.

6. What rumors persisted about the Queen and Robert Dudley?
(a) It was rumored they were going to stage a coup.
(b) It was rumored they had a physical relationship.
(c) It was rumored they were going to elope to Germany.
(d) It was rumored they were sister and brother.

7. Of what new religious movement was Elizabeth I tolerant?
(a) Puritanism.
(b) Hinduism.
(c) Buddhism.
(d) Catholicism.

8. Why was it dangerous for Mary to go abroad?
(a) She was not well constituted to travel and was constantly ill.
(b) There was a contract taken out on her life by Scotland.
(c) She could gain support for European Catholics who wanted her to take the English throne.
(d) She could not swim and was deathly afraid of water.

9. Why did the council worry about Elizabeth's relationship with Dudley?
(a) They worried he would marry the princess of Spain.
(b) They worried she would marry him.
(c) They worried she would execute him.
(d) They worried he would go to France.

10. Whose marriage proposal did the Queen turn down because she wished to remain single?
(a) William Cecil.
(b) Philip of Spain.
(c) Robin Dudley.
(d) The Archduke Ferdinand.

11. How did Amy Dudley's life end?
(a) She contracted the sweating sickness.
(b) She was killed by a vagrant with a sword.
(c) She fell down the stairs of her home and broke her neck.
(d) She drowned after a shipwreck.

12. Why did Elizabeth allow Darnley to escape to Scotland?
(a) She loved him and only wanted him to be happy.
(b) She was angry at Norfolk and wanted to talk Mary out of his hands.
(c) She knew Cecil was against the match and wanted to defy him.
(d) She knew he was unfit to rule and would put Mary more firmly into her hands.

13. How did the Queen's court, in general, feel about Robert Dudley?
(a) They hated him and refused to speak with him.
(b) They loved him and commended his bravery.
(c) They were jealous of him and his relationship with the Queen.
(d) They were in awe of his superior horsemanship.

14. Who really controlled the French throne after the King's death?
(a) The Archduke Ferdinand.
(b) Elizabeth I.
(c) Catherine de' Medici.
(d) Erik of Sweden.

15. On what day was Elizabeth's coronation ceremony?
(a) Sunday, January 15.
(b) Wednesday, April 17.
(c) Saturday, June 30.
(d) Friday, September 2.

Short Answer Questions

1. By November 1566, how did Mary Queen of Scots feel about Lord Darnley?

2. Who was the Earl of Bothwell?

3. Which two members of Elizabeth's court fell into a power struggle?

4. What member of Mary Queen of Scots' entourage did Lord Darnley have killed?

5. Why did the Queen need heirs?

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