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. Edward V grew up under control of which court faction?

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

3. What charge did Warwick and Clarence try to level against Edward IV?

4. Why did Edward IV take out loans from London financiers?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Edward IV shock the world with his marriage?

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

5. By the time he reached forty, what could be said of Edward IV's lifestyle?

6. What catastrophic mistake did Edward IV make before he died?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Richard III.

1) Examine the qualities that gave him the potential to be a good king.

2) Explain the series of mistakes and misfortunes in his reign that caused his unpopularity.

3) Were there any of Richard III's qualities you found surprising?

Essay Topic 2

According to Sir Thomas More, Sir James Tyrell confessed to killing the Princes.

1) To whom does Tyrell confess this information?

2) Where and how does he claim the deed was done?

3) Where does he claim the Princes' bodies were buried?

4) What were Henry VII's motives for having Tyrell questioned?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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