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. For what was James Tyrell so desperate that he would commit murder?

2. At the time, what was needed for an uncle and a niece to marry?

3. What tool was Richard III the first English king to utilize for his exercises in public relations?

4. What King ordered work on the White Tower and, as a result, may have found the Princes?

5. How far below the surface was the chest found?

Short Essay Questions

1. After their marriage, what children of Elizabeth of York and Henry VII lived to adulthood?

2. Why, claims Weir, was Tyrell's confession of the murder of the Princes significant?

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

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

5. What factors kept Richard III from marrying his niece?

6. How, probably, were the Princes murdered?

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

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

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

10. Richard III was a violent, duplicitous, and demanding man--how can Weir claim he possessed real spiritual piety?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine Richard III's alleged relationship with his niece, Elizabeth of York.

1) Why would Richard have considered marrying his niece at all?

2) How were consanguineous, or even incestuous, relationship viewed differently in this time?

3) What evidence does Weir mention that shows Elizabeth was willing to marry her uncle?

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