Study Questions and Essay Topics
Early in her reign, Victoria depended heavily on the friendship and advice of several important men. Describe her relationships to her uncle Leopold, Prime Minister Lord Melbourne, and her husband Prince Albert.
Describe the two major military conflicts of Victoria's reign, the Crimean War and the Boer War.
What was Victoria's opinion of prime ministers Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone, respectively? Describe her relationship to both men.
How did Victoria's home life and upbringing of her children differ from that of previous British monarchs?
What was the Great Exhibition and why can it be said to have been a particularly important event in Victoria's reign?
Why did Victoria come to favor the Conservatives over the Liberals in the British government?
Describe what you know of Victoria's "irregular" relationship with the Scotsman John Brown. What does public reaction to this relationship tell you about the moral and sexual codes of Victorian Britain?
Why was Victoria known as the "Grandmother of Europe"?
How important a figure was Prince Albert in Victoria's life and how did her married life with him affect her role as Queen? Include some thoughts about how Albert's death affected Victoria's performance of public duties.
Why can Victoria's reign be said to have effected a major transition in the institution of the British monarchy?
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