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Alison Weir (historian)
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Gloucester tell the councillors about Hastings's execution?
(a) He said Hastings had planned to murder him in the council meeting.
(b) He said Hastings had planned to kidnap the king.
(c) He said Hastings had planned to marry Elizabeth Wydville.
(d) He said Hastings had planned to usurp the throne.

2. At age forty, how is Edward IV described physically by his contemporaries?
(a) He is described as slim and willowy, almost ladylike.
(b) He is described as overweight, partaking in too many of life's excesses.
(c) He is described as tall and thin, extremely pious and eating little.
(d) He is described as short and dark, with muscular shoulders and legs.

3. What is the difference between Gloucester's Protectorship and Duke Humphrey's?
(a) Humphrey was a figurehead and Gloucester had sovereign power.
(b) Humphrey had sovereign power and Gloucester was a figurehead.
(c) Humphrey staged a coup and Gloucester was loyal to the king.
(d) Humphrey had control of the military and Gloucester did not.

4. What process usually reserved for magnates of the realm was overlooked before Hastings' execution?
(a) He had the right to be tried by his peers in Parliament.
(b) He had the right to defend himself in a public trial.
(c) He had the right to create a new will.
(d) He had the right to say goodbye to his loved ones.

5. How did Gloucester behave toward his nephew?
(a) He openly supported him.
(b) He ignored him completely.
(c) He was withdrawn and suspicious.
(d) He tried to adopt him.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many of the great English aristocratic families became extinct because of the War of the Roses?

2. How did Hastings react when Richard confided his plans to him?

3. What other major health problem did Edward IV have after his return?

4. Who did Edward IV appoint as the guardian of the Prince of Wales?

5. After the death of Hastings, what happened to King Edward V?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was amazing about Gloucester and Buckingham's coup?

2. Why did Edward IV's health suddenly fail?

3. Into what two groups does Weir break down those who write about the Princes in the Tower?

4. How did Gloucester lull Rivers into a false sense of security?

5. How was Richard III formally asked to become King?

6. How did Richard of Gloucester avoid becoming ensnared in the various court intrigues?

7. Why, eventually, did King Edward IV have Clarence executed?

8. During his life, which of Edward IV's brothers was the most power-hunger and why?

9. Why did most of the magnates despise the Wydvilles?

10. What misconceptions does Weir bring to light about the Wars of the Roses?

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