The Six Wives of Henry VIII 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. To whom did Queen Katherine write a love letter that was discovered by the Privy Council?

2. On what day did King Henry VIII first meet Anne of Cleves?

3. Whose plan was it to accuse Anne Boleyn of adultery and treason?

4. Where was Queen Anne lodged when she first arrived at the Tower of London?

5. What major event occurred on June 1, 1533?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the journey of Queen Anne from Greenwich to the Tower of London.

2. What happened in 1541 to sour relations between England and Scotland?

3. What urgent matter diverted the Privy Council's attention from the executions of Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper in December, 1541?

4. How did the birth of Princess Elizabeth affect the Princess Mary?

5. How was the succession left in King Henry VIII's will?

6. How did King Henry VIII first meet his fiancee, Anne of Cleves?

7. How was Princess Mary reconciled with her father, King Henry VIII?

8. What aroused Katherine Parr's suspicions of her husband, Thomas Seymour?

9. What was the order of succession after the death of King Henry VIII?

10. Why did Emperor Charles V and the imperialists support the idea of a royal divorce between King Henry VIII and Queen Anne?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways did international politics play a part in Henry VIII's marriages? Use at least three examples, thinking about the overall picture of Europe in the sixteenth-seventeenth centuries.

Essay Topic 2

How did Henry VIII's concern for the succession of the Crown determine how he lived his life? Think about what the succession was, why it was so important to the King and the dynasty, and how others as well as he himself encouraged the King to pursue its security.

Essay Topic 3

What is/are the major purpose(s) of Weir's text? How is this biography different from others previously written? What did she set out to accomplish? Did she succeed? Support your answer.

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