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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. As Henry sought to end his marriage to Catherine, what did Cardinal Wolsey suggest she should do?

2. Who is the author of "The Wives of Henry VIII"?

3. What does the author claim about much of what is widely-believed about Henry VIII's wives?

4. What is the title of Chapter 3?

5. For how many years did Catherine of Aragon live as a hostage of Henry VII?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was Anne Boleyn brought back to England in 1521? Whom did Anne have a romance with around the same time?

2. After Ferdinand's death, whom did Henry VIII discuss as a possible husband for Mary?

3. With a desire to end his marriage, why did King Henry have his advisors look into its legitimacy?

4. In the prologue, what does the author explain as her purpose for writing "The Wives of Henry VIII"?

5. What was the result of Catherine's first two pregnancies?

6. What meeting between France and England occurred around 1520? Whom might Henry have met at this meeting?

7. What contributed to Prince Arthur's bad health?

8. What pressure was on Catherine of Aragon in 1518?

9. What ruined King Henry's plans to marry Princess Mary to Charles V? How did Henry and Catherine feel about this turn of events?

10. After Elizabeth of York's death, what did people speculate about Henry VII remarrying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Henry went to great lengths to divorce Catherine of Aragon. Discuss how he goes about doing this and why.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Henry's desire for a male heir. Why did he want a male heir? Why was his son Henry Fitzroy not an ideal candidate? How did his desire for a male heir affect his life, his reign, and England as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

What was Fraser's purpose for writing "The Wives of Henry VIII"? Was she successful in achieving her goal? Why or why not?

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