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Quiz about The Other Boleyn Girl
Quiz about The Other Boleyn Girl

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I've just finished reading Philippa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl" and I thought it was fantastic! This quiz shouldn't be too hard if you've read it.

A multiple-choice quiz by guitargoddess. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Time
3 mins
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295,375
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Where was Anne brought back from at the beginning of the novel? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What was Anne's idea, presented at a Howard family meeting, to make the King desire Mary? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. What did King Henry want to call his and Mary's daughter? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Did Anne bed the King before they were officially married?


Question 5 of 10
5. What piece of jewellery did Anne always wear? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. What item did Anne want to take from Princess Dowager Katherine, but she did not get? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Where did Mary and William Stafford make their home away from court? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. By the end of the novel, how many children had the King fathered (that were born alive, and survived)? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The book began and ended with the same kind of event; what was it? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Who did Henry marry after Anne Boleyn? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Where was Anne brought back from at the beginning of the novel?

Answer: France

Both Anne and Mary had spent their childhood at the Royal Court in France, and Mary had been brought back earlier to be married to William Carey. Anne returned with Queen Mary Tudor, King Henry's sister, to serve her in England. Mary was at first annoyed that Anne was coming back, surely to steal the spotlight from her, but she could not help being excited to see Anne again. George was also delighted to see his sister, and the three of them became close friends and known around the court as 'the Three Boleyns'.
2. What was Anne's idea, presented at a Howard family meeting, to make the King desire Mary?

Answer: send her away

Mary got upset at the joust, when the king let her scarf fall out of his breastplate for the Queen to see and told him that she wasn't happy the Queen knew the King was carrying Mary's favor. The King got angry and accused Mary of nagging him and left her standing there. Mary's father and uncle were furious, and tried to come up with a plan to get Mary back in the King's favour.

It was Anne who came up with the plan to send Mary to Hever for a few weeks, and to tell the King that Mary was being sent away to teach her not to fall in love with the King. Of course, that made the King want her, and after a few weeks he had her fetched from Hever and brought back to court.
3. What did King Henry want to call his and Mary's daughter?

Answer: Elizabeth

When Mary's daughter was born, Henry visited her in her confinement room to see the baby. He said that they should call her Elizabeth, but Mary asked if she might choose the name, and because it was just a daughter, Henry did not much care. Mary chose the name Catherine, in honour of Henry's wife, Queen Katherine.
4. Did Anne bed the King before they were officially married?

Answer: Yes

She held off on making love with the King as long as possible, telling him that it was important to her to be pure and chaste when they were married (even though she had already been with Henry Percy when they were betrothed, but the King did not know that). Anne sought Mary's advice to help keep the King happy without making love to him, but when the marriage was all but official, Anne gave in, hoping to already be pregnant when she was crowned Queen.
5. What piece of jewellery did Anne always wear?

Answer: a choker with a gold B on it

Through Mary's narration, attention was drawn to Anne's choker many times in the novel, with the B for Boleyn on it. She wore it to her execution, but it was removed from her neck before she was beheaded.
6. What item did Anne want to take from Princess Dowager Katherine, but she did not get?

Answer: a christening dress

Anne wanted a royal christening dress for the baptism of her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, and she wanted the same dress that Princess Mary was christened in. Henry was hesitant, because the dress was Katherine's personal property that she had brought with her from Spain, but he sent a messenger to ask for the dress anyway.

When Katherine refused to give it up, Henry did not press on with the request.
7. Where did Mary and William Stafford make their home away from court?

Answer: Rochford

They lived in a farmhouse in Rochford, where William had gone when he left the service of Thomas Howard, Mary's uncle. Mary, heartbroken at being without him, followed him to Rochford, where George was Lord and where a large fancy house of the Boleyns stood. They were married there and stayed in Rochford until Mary was summoned back to court to be with Anne during a pregnancy.
8. By the end of the novel, how many children had the King fathered (that were born alive, and survived)?

Answer: five

King Henry's children were the Princess Mary (later Queen Mary I) with the former Queen, Katherine of Aragon; a boy called Henry, born to his former mistress Bessie Blount; Catherine and Henry, Mary Boleyn's children; and his daughter with Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth I). Both Katherine and Anne had been pregnant several more times, but each pregnancy had ended in a miscarriage or a still-birth.
9. The book began and ended with the same kind of event; what was it?

Answer: a beheading

The one that took place at the beginning of the book was the beheading of the Duke of Buckinghamshire, an uncle of Mary's. The one at the end of the book was of course Anne's own death (and George's shortly before). At both beheadings, Mary thought that the King would step in and pardon the condemned, but he did not and they both died.
10. Who did Henry marry after Anne Boleyn?

Answer: Jane Seymour

Towards the end of his marriage to Anne, Henry's attention turned to sweet, shy Jane Seymour, and the Seymour family began to enjoy the same attention that the Boleyns and Howards had before. It was said at the end of the book that Jane chose her wedding clothes on the very day of Anne's death, but Mary did not hold that against Jane; she said Anne, or even herself, would have done the exact same thing.

Jane Seymour was historically Henry's favourite wife, because it was she who produced a male heir, Edward. Marge Shelton was a Howard girl who had captured Henry's attention briefly in the book, but they did not marry. Catherine Howard was in reality a wife of Henry VIII, but she was not in "The Other Boleyn Girl". Jane Parker was George's wife.
Source: Author guitargoddess

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