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Elizabeth I Words Quiz

Elizabeth I had a wonderful way with words but how much do you know about the words she said, the speeches she gave, the letters she wrote etc.?

Elizabeth I Words

Q1) Fill in the blank in the following words uttered by Elizabeth when she was dying in 1603: "The word '................' is not to be used to princes".





Q2) Where was Elizabeth said to have etched the words "Much suspected by me, Nothing proved can be, Quoth Elizabeth prisoner." on a window?


Tower of London



Q3) The words "Today died a man of much wit, and very little judgment", which are now thought to apocryphal, were attributed to Elizabeth but who was she describing?

Anthony Babington

Robert Devereux

Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

Thomas Seymour

Q4) On hearing of her accession, Elizabeth I was said to have uttered the words "This is the Lord's doing and it is marvellous in our eyes." From which book of the Bible was she quoting?





Q5) To whom did Elizabeth I say the following words: "This judgement I have of you that you will not be corrupted by any manner of gift and that you will be faithful to the state; and that without respect of my private will you will give me that counsel which you think best."

William Cecil

Robert Dudley

Francis Walsingham

Matthew Parker

Q6) In which speech did Elizabeth I say "I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too."

The Golden Speech

The speech to the lords at her accession

Her speech to Parliament in 1563 on marriage and the succession

The Tilbury Speech

Q7) To whom in particular was Elizabeth referring when she wrote "We are more bound to them that bringeth us up well, than to our parents, for our parents do that which is natural for them, that is bringeth us into the world, but our bringers up are a cause to make us live well in it."

Catherine Parr

Kat Ashley

Blanche Parry

Blanche Herbert

Q8) Finish this Elizabeth I quotation: "There is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith. All else is a dispute over ....."





Q9) Complete these words written by Elizabeth to Edward Seymour, Lord Protector, in February 1549: "They are most deceived that trusteth most in ..................."

their friends



false doctrine

Q10) How old was Elizabeth when she presented her own translation of "Le miroir de l’ame pecheresse" (originally by Queen Margaret of Navarre) to Queen Catherine Parr?





Q11) Complete the words spoken by Elizabeth I in her 1601 Golden Speech: "Though God hath raised me high, yet this I count the glory of my Crown, that I have reigned with your ........."





Q12) Who said of Elizabeth I "Just look how well she governs; she is only a woman, only mistress of half an island, and yet she makes herself feared by Spain, by France, by the Empire, by all."?

William Cecil

James VI of Scotland

Pope Gregory XIII

Pope Sixtus V

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Elizabeth I Words Quiz