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. How many months was Queen Elizabeth forced to stay in sanctuary with her children?

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

3. How did contemporary magnates feel about the Wydvilles?

4. What was the document that formally presented Gloucester's claim to the throne?

5. What other member of his family did Gloucester have to slander to overcome the Princes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who were Elizabeth Wydville, Queen of England's, two male children?

4. In what kind of world did Richard, Duke of Gloucester and brother of Henry IV, come of age?

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

6. Why did it make sense to house King Edward V in the Tower of London?

7. What were the two opposing sides regarding Gloucester's role as Protector?

8. Though most councilmen did not believe the pre-contract story, why did they choose to support Richard III?

9. What advantages did Richard gain by marrying Anne of Neville?

10. When Hastings learned of Gloucester's plot to take the throne, what did he do?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Create a character study of Edward IV.

1) How did Edward IV ascend to the throne?

2) What kind of ruler was he?

3) How did his marriage shock his councillors and the world?

4) What were his vices?

Essay Topic 2

When Richard III came to power, Elizabeth Wydville immediately fled with her children to Sanctuary.

1) Why did she do this? With whom did she stay?

2) How were she and Richard related?

3) What conflicts in their pasts did she fear he would seek retribution for?

Essay Topic 3

Richard III allegedly killed his nephews to gain a crown.

1) How did the Princes turn out to be more of a threat to Richard dead than alive?

2) How did the failure to present the Princes alive become detrimental to Richard's reign?

3) How did the alleged murder of the Princes hurt Richard III's claim to the throne?

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