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Alison Weir (historian)
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who did King Henry VII first pursue for his own second marriage?
(a) Katherine of Aragon.
(b) Maria de Salinas.
(c) Joan of Naples.
(d) Eleanor of Castile.

2. What title was bestowed upon Thomas Boleyn in 1525?
(a) Viscount of Kent.
(b) Duke of Norfolk.
(c) Viscount Rochford.
(d) Earl of Northumberland.

3. Which of these people was not a supporter of Queen Katherine?
(a) Sir Thomas More.
(b) Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.
(c) Mary Tudor, the King's sister.
(d) John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester.

4. What title was bestowed upon Anne Boleyn in September, 1532?
(a) Queen of England.
(b) Princess of Wales.
(c) Marquess of Pembroke.
(d) Duchess of Rochford.

5. In what language did Prince Arthur converse with his bride-to-be?
(a) Latin.
(b) English.
(c) Spanish.
(d) French.

6. Who was sent by King Henry VIII to Rome to request a dispensation allowing him to remarry?
(a) George Cavendish.
(b) Dr. William Knight.
(c) Cardinal Wolsey.
(d) Thomas Boleyn.

7. When did Ferdinand of Aragon have the remainder of Katherine's dowry ready for payment?
(a) 1506.
(b) 1507.
(c) 1509.
(d) 1503.

8. Which of these was not an order issued to King Henry VIII from the Pope?
(a) To marry Anne without annuling his first marriage.
(b) To appear in Rome for the trial of his case.
(c) Not to remarry before he gave a decision on the case.
(d) To put away Anne Boleyn.

9. Who did King Henry VII wish to marry in 1507?
(a) Queen Juana of Castile.
(b) Katherine of Aragon.
(c) Joan of Naples.
(d) Claude of France.

10. On what story was the first pageant staged in the Tudor court based?
(a) The Garden of Eden.
(b) Robin Hood.
(c) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
(d) Noah's Ark.

11. Who wrote a book in Queen Katherine's defense entitled, "Invicta Veritas"?
(a) Thomas Abell.
(b) Sir Thomas More.
(c) Cardinal Wolsey.
(d) John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester.

12. When is the last time recorded of Henry and Katherine sharing a bed?
(a) October 1524.
(b) December 1528.
(c) June 1529.
(d) May 1527.

13. To whom did Anne become secretly engaged in 1523?
(a) James Butler.
(b) Henry Percy.
(c) Thomas Wyatt.
(d) Henry VIII.

14. Who was the first man to whom Thomas Boleyn proposed to marry Anne?
(a) George Cavendish.
(b) Henry Percy.
(c) Thomas Wyatt.
(d) James Butler.

15. What was the primary responsibility of a queen?
(a) To entertain visiting dignitaries.
(b) To manage the king's household.
(c) To advise the king.
(d) To bear heirs.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did King Henry VIII prefer to be addressed?

2. At what time in her life could a woman gain the upper hand?

3. Who was appointed as acting Spanish Ambassador to England in May of 1507?

4. To whom was the Princess Mary, Henry and Katherine's daughter, first betrothed?

5. In what year was the most recent biography, before Weir's, of Henry VIII's wives written?

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