Rebellions questions from past papers

Looking at all these old questions, you can identify some common themes. (In each case also think: how did the causes change or the responses change over time?)

  1. Were (or were not) rebellions serious threats to government in the period 1485-1603?
  2. What was the main cause of rebellion in the period 1485-1603?
  3. How did governments respond to rebellion in the period 1485-1603?
  4. In what ways did the nature of rebellions change in the years 1485-1603?
  5. What sort of rebellions were the most successful in the period 1485-1603?
  6. What were the most important factors in controlling rebellion and maintaining the peace in the period 1485-1603?
  7. `How similar (or different) were Irish rebellions to English rebellions in the period 1485-1603?

Sample paper

Social and economic conditions were always a factor, but rarely the trigger.’ Discuss this 
view of the causes of rebellions in England and Ireland under the Tudors.

How far did the political stability of Tudor England depend upon government legislation?

To what extent did the nature of rebellions change in the course of the Tudor period?

Jan 10

‘Tudor rebellions were essentially the responses of local communities to local grievances.’ How far 
do you agree with this view on the causes of Tudor rebellions?

‘English rebellions were far more successful than those in Ireland.’ How far do you agree with this 
view of the period from 1485 to 1603?

Assess the role of the nobility in maintaining political stability in Tudor England.

June 10

How far do you agree that rebellions with foreign support posed the most dangerous threat to Tudor governments?

’Tudor? monarchs maintained the obedience of their subjects in the same way.’ How far do you agree with this judgement

‘Disputes over the succession to the English throne were the most common cause of rebellion in the period 1485-1603.’ How far do you agree with this view?

Jan 11

‘Political faction was the most important cause of rebellion in the Tudor period.’ How far do you agree?

Assess the reasons for the decline in the frequency of rebellion in England in the period from 1485 
to 1603.

‘Government strategy in dealing with rebellions in England and Ireland changed little during the 
Tudor period.’ How far do you agree?

Jan 12

‘Political ambition best explains the involvement of nobles’ factions in Tudor rebellions.’ How far do you agree?

‘Propaganda was the most important strategy used by the government to control rebellion in Tudor England.’ How far do you agree?

Kildare’s rebellion in 1534 was the major turning point in maintaining political stability in Tudor Ireland.’ How far do you agree?

Jun 12

‘Taxation was the main cause of rebellion in the Tudor period.’ How far do you agree?

‘Most Tudor governments under-estimated the threat posed by rebellions in England and Ireland.’ How far do you agree?

‘Local authorities were more important than central government in maintaining political stability in the Tudor period.’ How far do you agree? 

Jan 13

To what extent did the objectives of Irish rebellions differ from rebellions in England in the period from 1485 to 1603?

‘Tudor governments in England and Ireland were slow to respond to the outbreak of rebellion.’ How far do you agree with this view?

‘The Crown was the most important factor in maintaining political stability in Tudor England.’ How far do you agree with this view?

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