The Princes in the Tower 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. Why were all of Gloucester's actions illegal?

2. How did Gloucester behave toward his nephew?

3. Why did Edward IV and Clarence quarrel over Warwick's estates?

4. What process usually reserved for magnates of the realm was overlooked before Hastings' execution?

5. Why did Gloucester prefer to promote Buckingham instead of Hastings?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Gloucester convince Edward V to go with him and Buckingham?

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

3. What does Weir theorize about Richard's deformity?

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

5. How did Gloucester back up his claim that Edward V was illegitimate?

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

7. Why was the succession to the English throne unstable in the fifteenth century after Edward III's death?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the existence of attainders.

1) What was an attainder?

2) How permanent were these attainders?

3) Why was Warwick a potential threat to Richard's ambitions?

4) What kings succeeded to the throne after being previously attainted?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Weir so believe More's account should be taken as truth?

1) The reliability of More's sources.

2) The dependability of More's character.

3) The political reasons for More to to lie.

Essay Topic 3

Who was Lord Hastings? What was his involvement in Richard III's coup? Did he believe Richard III should be king? Why or why not? How did Hastings die, and why was he killed? After the death of Hastings, who stood in Richard III's way?

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