The Life of Elizabeth I 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. How long did Elizabeth reign?

2. What was the nickname of Mary I?

3. Who, in a play for political power, may have been behind Amy Dudley's death?

4. Why may Cecil have killed Amy Dudley?

5. Why did Elizabeth want Mary restored to the throne of Scotland?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Lord Darnley die?

2. Why did Elizabeth allow Lord Darnley to go to Scotland?

3. What factors played into the death of Amy Dudley?

4. How did members of the court generally feel about Robert Dudley?

5. Why was Elizabeth cautious about her religion during the reign of Mary I?

6. How did Elizabeth show her dominance in public?

7. During her coronation service, to whom was Elizabeth symbolically married?

8. Why was Elizabeth so sensitive about the succession?

9. How was Mary's claim to Elizabeth's throne strengthened on June 19, 1566?

10. Why did Elizabeth I feel competitive toward Mary Queen of Scots?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who was Lady Amy Dudley? Who was her husband? How did Amy Dudley meet her end? Was her death the result of a political power struggle? How did Amy Dudley's death affect Robert Dudley's standing at court? With the Queen? Explain the author's theory on the sequence of events. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast two of Elizabeth's famous speeches, the speech to the troops at Tilbury and the Golden speech. How are they similar? How are they different? Is it immediately apparent that Elizabeth gave the speeches at very different point in her life? Why or why not? How did her gifts in oratory solidify her legend?

Essay Topic 3

Research Edmund Spenser's The Fairie Queen. How is Elizabeth represented in the work? Are there any other references in the text to Elizabeth? Do you think she was so well represented in literature because she was a patroness of the arts? Why or why not?

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