The Young Queen
Life with Prince Albert
The Mid-Victorian Years
The Years of Mourning
A Monarchy in Transition
The Age of Disraeli and Gladstone
A Golden Age of Empire
Victoria at Home
Grandmother of Europe
Key Terms and Events
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1. Victoria's father was a son of which British monarch?
2. Victoria's husband was a prince of which German territory?
3. What was the name of Victoria's first-born child?
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales
Princess Royal Victoria
4. Which relative did Victoria most look up to for advice in her teen years and first years as Queen?
Her uncle Leopold, King of the Belgians
Her mother Victoire, Duchess of Kent
Her father, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent
Her uncle King William IV of Great Britain
5. Who was Sir John Conroy?
Victoria's first prime minister and political mentor
A Scottish servant in the royal palace who became Victoria's close friend
Comptroller of her mother's household who was involved in several scandals
An Irish rebel and assassin who tried to murder Victoria in the 1870s
6. Who was Victoria's first prime minister and political mentor?
Sir John Conroy
7. Victoria was succeeded in 1901 by which British monarch?
King Edward VII
Queen Elizabeth II
King William IV
Queen Victoria II
8. Britain engaged in which war between 1853 and 1856?
The Franco-Prussian War
The Crimean War
The Boer War
World War I
9. The Second and Third Reform Bills were concerned primarily with what issue?
Extension of voting rights
Simplifying the Church of England's liturgical rites
Abolishing the patronage system in the Army
Limiting the power of the monarchy
10. Where was the Great Exhibition of 1851 housed?
11. What was the reason for Victoria's self-imposed seclusion during the first half of the 1860s?
Fear of assassination by republican revolutionaries
A major religious conversion
Deep mourning for the death of Prince Albert
To spend more time with her children
12. The chief architect of mid-Victorian foreign policy was
13. Victoria acquired what title in 1876?
Empress of India
Queen of Ireland
Empress of Africa
14. Of all her prime ministers, Victoria disliked which man the most?
15. The Boer War was fought in the lands of which modern nation?
16. Where was is royal residence of Balmoral located?
Isle of Wight
17. The Chartists represented the interests of which social group?
The working classes
The agricultural aristocracy
Oppressed religious minorities
18. What years cover the span of Victoria's reign?
19. Why was Victoria disappointed with her eldest son?
He proved to be a cruel military officer when in the British Army
He was not very bright and had disreputable friends
He broke royal tradition by attending Oxford University
He married an American divorcee
20. What was the "Midlothian Campaign"?
A botched military operation in the Crimean War
Victoria and Albert's attempt to build up science and technology in the 1850s
A series of riots in London by Irish dissidents
A series of democratic political stump speeches by William Gladstone
21. Victoria objected to which aspect of the Church of England as she knew it?
It was highly Protestant and non-Roman Catholic in doctrine
Its liturgy and sacraments was very ritualistic and formal
It had too few bishops and priests to minister well to the British people
It was lax in its teachings on public morality
22. Victoria's Golden Jubilee occurred during which year?
23. Which title was Victoria's husband granted in 1857?
Prince of Wales
King of Great Britain and Ireland
24. Which political party did Victoria identify most with in her early days as Queen?
25. Victoria's reign began in which year?
26. Who was Flora Hastings?
An actress befriended by the Queen's son and heir, Albert Edward
Victoria's governess as a child
An enraged London woman who tried to assassinate Victoria
One of Victoria's ladies-in-waiting who was involved unfairly in a scandal
27. Benjamin Disraeli represented which political party?
28. Which of these was a royal "first" of Queen Victoria's?
She was the first British monarch to marry a German
She was the first British ruler to travel by train
She was the first
queen in England
She was the first English sovereign to employ Scottish servants
29. What was a primary area of expertise where Prince Albert outshone Queen Victoria?
Fluency in foreign languages
30. What would have been a chief cause for concern to Victoria's security as Queen in 1848?
Contagiously anti-monarchist revolutions were occurring all over Europe
Roman Catholics began to dominate in Britain and push for a Catholic monarchy
Prince Albert, her husband, was plotting secretly to make himself King in Britain
Most of the prominent figures in Parliament were agitating for a republican form of government
31. Victoria married Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha for which major reason?
The marriage was forced by her mother and Sir John Conroy
It was politically strategic for Britain to ally with the Saxe-Coburg dynasty
To defy the dying wishes of the deceased King William IV, who urged her to marry his nephew Edward
She had fallen very much in love with him and could not imagine marrying someone else
32. Which royal residence did Victoria write to Albert was "a place of our own"?
33. Why did Victoria endear herself to the middle classes as few monarchs before her had done?
She appeared to live a quiet home life and often shared their tastes and sensibilities
She was adamantly opposed to raising their taxes
She favored their interests without exception in political controversies which involved them
She sponsored lavish architecture projects which beautified the British landscape
34. The Crimean War primarily concerned which European powers?
Russia and France
Turkey and Austria-Hungary
Russia and Turkey
Prussia and Turkey
35. Which international event affected British politics in 1860?
The outbreak of the American Civil War
The invasion of the Balkans by Russia
Louis Napoleon's coup d'etat
The people of India declared themselved independent of Britain
36. What is one way Victoria did NOT mourn Prince Albert after his death?
She wore black for the rest of her life
She forbade his name to be spoken by anyone in her presence
She cut down her public appearances to a minimum
She had many statues of him made and set up around Britain
37. In 1882, Victoria was saved from an assassination by the quick action of
A pair of Eton boys
Her son Prince Edward
38. The Public Worship Bill of 1874 discouraged which practice?
The sacrament of confession
Long sermonizing by Anglican priests
Singing Latin hymns in churches
Frequent reading of the bible in the home
39. Whose 1883 death devastated Queen Victoria?
Her daughter Princess Alice
Her husband Prince Albert
Her servant John Brown
Her friend Flora Hastings
40. One innovation in the education of Victoria's children was
That few of their tutors were clergymen of any kind
That most of their tutors were Roman Catholic clergymen
That they were each sent to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge
That they were forbidden to study Anglican theology
41. What event virtually ended the republican movement in Britain in 1871?
Victoria sent in the Army to crush republican demonstrations
The Prince of Wales made a sudden recovery from illness on the anniversary of his father's death
The outbreak of the Boer War encouraged renewed solidarity with the Crown
Victoria made an unprecedented public address in defense of the institution of the monarchy
42. What was at stake in the "Home Rule" debate?
Granting India independence from the Crown
The direct rule of the country from the Queen's royal residence
The terms of the Treaty of Berlin
Allowing Ireland to have its own parliament
43. Victoria disliked William Gladstone primarily for
His extremely conservative opinions
His efforts to control the monarchy early in her reign
His strong democratic sensibilities
44. A position Victoria shared with her Conservative ministers was that
All men in Britain should have the right to vote
Parliamentary power should be curved
Building up the Empire was a particulary worthy goal
Prince Albert should not be given the title "Consort"
45. Victoria's death occurred before the end of which conflict?
The debate over the Third Reform Bill
The American Civil War
The Boer War
Britain's republican revolution
46. Who was Victoria's chief adviser by the 1850s?
Her uncle Leopold
Otto Von Bismarck
47. Victoria's Britain was exceptional among European nations for
Its avoidance of violent political revolution
Its strict isolationism in foreign affairs
Its lack of a powerful aristocracy
Its relatively small international empire
48. What kind of accident did the Queen experience in 1883?
A crippling fall off her horse
A terrible burn while attempting to cook while "roughing it" in rustic Scotland
A bad fall down a staircase
A hand injury during an archery lesson
49. What was one of Victoria's famous nicknames in the last years of her life?
The Old Woman of Wexford
The Virgin Queen
Grandmother of Europe
50. Victoria's reign was notable for
Being the longest in English history
Setting back the monarchy and making its demise immanent
Its relative lack of marriage alliances with European royal families
Being the most war-torn in British history
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