The Princes in the Tower Test | Final 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. Who did Richard III order to kill the Princes?

2. What was Richard III's personal emblem?

3. Who did many people believe was the rightful Queen of England?

4. What Act did the Parliament of 1484 pass?

5. What war did the murder of the Princes cause?

Short Essay Questions

1. With the death of the Princes, who did many people turn to as the rightful Queen of England?

2. What is Alison Weir's ultimate conclusion of who killed the princes in the tower?

3. How did Richard III discover Sir James Tyrell's longing for advancement at any cost?

4. What conspiracy did Richard III discover involving Elizabeth Wydville and other members of her faction?

5. Why were the pretenders to the throne dangerous for Henry VII?

6. After what event were the Princes in the Tower never again seen alive?

7. What was probably the tipping point for Buckingham's treason?

8. Sadly, what had the conspirators made clear to Richard III that was the opposite of their intent?

9. Why did Sir James Tyrell, after surviving the change of monarchs and even faring well under Henry VII, choose to support the Earl of Lincoln's ambitions?

10. What rumor persisted after Anne's death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Richard III's usurpation was a carefully thought out plan.

1) How did he invalidate the Princes' claim to the throne?

2) How was Buckingham involved in the usurpation?

3) What tactics did Richard use to neutralize the Council?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the factions in power in court before Edward IV's death.

1) Who were the Wydvilles, and why did they have so much power in the South?

2) Who were the Yorkists?

3) Where was Richard of Gloucester's power centralized?

4) What mistake did Edward IV make before his death? What was a direct result of this mistake?

Essay Topic 3

Richard III cultivated a pious image after his usurpation. How did this image contrast with his public image? Examine the following:

1) His public image in contrast with his private self.

2) His public image in contrast with his public deeds.

3) His public image in contrast with his promises to Edward IV.

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