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. What epic poem was later written about the Lady Elizabeth's role in Henry VII's ascension?

2. Weir dismisses the argument that Warback was part of what family?

3. Which side of the family was a thorn in the side of Henry VIII?

4. Who was Margaret Beaufort?

5. What basically defeated the rebellion?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Henry Tudor finally claim the English crown?

3. Why was Buckingham so suddenly alienated from Richard III?

4. How, probably, were the Princes murdered?

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

6. Why would Richard III have considered marrying his eighteen-year-old niece Elizabeth of York?

7. What traits did Richard III's usurpation reveal about his character?

8. Why did Elizabeth of York finally send Henry Tudor a ring and declare that she would marry him?

9. In regard to the case of the death of the Princes and Richard III, what does Weir argue when others claim Richard could not be convicted in a modern court of law?

10. How did many people view the death of Richard III's only son, the Prince of Wales?

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

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 3

According to Weir, did Richard III really have a deformity? Why or why not?

1) What do the few surviving portraits show?

2) What do the accounts of his contemporaries reveal?

3) How were adjustments made to his image in the Tudor period?

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