KS3 History Quiz - The Spanish Armada 01 (Questions)

This KS3 History quiz takes a look at the Spanish Armada. The Spanish Armada was a fleet of ships. The Armada's mission was to sail to Gravelines in Flanders and transport an army commanded by the Duke of Parma across the Channel to England. The mission eventually failed. The Armada was sent by King Philip II of Spain and was supported by the Catholic Church. Spain was the world 'superpower' at the time and the Catholic religion was the most powerful and rich church. When Elizabeth I became queen, she was a Protestant and that worried the Spanish, who were Catholics.

During the first part of Elizabeth's reign, Catholics were not persecuted, however, after a number of Catholic rebellions, that changed. Important Catholics were afraid for their lives.

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Finally, King Philip decided that the time had come to invade England and place Mary Queen of Scots, a Catholic, on the English throne. There were many other reasons for the Armada - for example, English pirates like Francis Drake had been attacking Spanish ships and stealing the treasure the Spanish had already stolen from the South American civilisations. Drake had also attacked the Armada in Cadiz harbour in April 1587. This attack slowed down their preparations, but King Philip II of Spain's great Armada was finally ready to sail in the summer of 1588.

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1. Which King of Spain ordered the Armada to sail?
[ ] Alonso II
[ ] Carlos I
[ ] Ferdinand I
[ ] Philip II
2. Who did Philip want to remove from the English throne?
[ ] Edward VI
[ ] Elizabeth I
[ ] Henry VIII
[ ] Mary
3. Which is not a reason for his hatred of Elizabeth?
[ ] Elizabeth was a Protestant
[ ] He believed that women were too weak to rule
[ ] He did not believe that she was the lawful queen
[ ] She had encouraged raids on Spanish ships
4. Philip also wanted revenge on which Englishman?
[ ] John Hawkins
[ ] Sir Francis Drake
[ ] Sir Philip Sidney
[ ] Sir Walter Raleigh
5. Elizabeth sent soldiers to help which country rebel against Spanish rule?
[ ] Italy
[ ] Netherlands
[ ] Peru
[ ] Portugal
6. Philip II was the widower of which Queen?
[ ] Catherine of Aragon
[ ] Isabella of Spain
[ ] Mary Queen of Scots
[ ] Mary Tudor
7. Which Admiral was the Armada's original commander?
[ ] Santa Clausio
[ ] Santa Cruz
[ ] Santa Dominguez
[ ] Santa Lopez
8. The Armada sailed in which year?
[ ] 1568
[ ] 1578
[ ] 1588
[ ] 1598
9. Before the Armada left, where did Drake carry out a daring attack on it?
[ ] Cadiz
[ ] Corunna
[ ] Gijon
[ ] Valencia
10. The Armada eventually set out from which port?
[ ] Bilbao
[ ] Lisbon
[ ] Oporto
[ ] Santander
KS3 History Quiz - The Spanish Armada 01 (Answers)
1. Which King of Spain ordered the Armada to sail?
[ ] Alonso II
[ ] Carlos I
[ ] Ferdinand I
[x] Philip II
He was a Catholic and did not like the idea that England was ruled by a Protestant queen
2. Who did Philip want to remove from the English throne?
[ ] Edward VI
[x] Elizabeth I
[ ] Henry VIII
[ ] Mary
He had hoped to put Mary Queen of Scots onto the throne - she was a Catholic
3. Which is not a reason for his hatred of Elizabeth?
[ ] Elizabeth was a Protestant
[x] He believed that women were too weak to rule
[ ] He did not believe that she was the lawful queen
[ ] She had encouraged raids on Spanish ships
Catholic Philip believed that Mary Queen of Scots had been the rightful heir
4. Philip also wanted revenge on which Englishman?
[ ] John Hawkins
[x] Sir Francis Drake
[ ] Sir Philip Sidney
[ ] Sir Walter Raleigh
Drake and other English pirates had raided many Spanish ships
5. Elizabeth sent soldiers to help which country rebel against Spanish rule?
[ ] Italy
[x] Netherlands
[ ] Peru
[ ] Portugal
This annoyed Philip even further!
6. Philip II was the widower of which Queen?
[ ] Catherine of Aragon
[ ] Isabella of Spain
[ ] Mary Queen of Scots
[x] Mary Tudor
Mary had died in 1558
7. Which Admiral was the Armada's original commander?
[ ] Santa Clausio
[x] Santa Cruz
[ ] Santa Dominguez
[ ] Santa Lopez
He died just before the Armada left Spain
8. The Armada sailed in which year?
[ ] 1568
[ ] 1578
[x] 1588
[ ] 1598
It took two days for all the 130 Armada ships to leave the port
9. Before the Armada left, where did Drake carry out a daring attack on it?
[x] Cadiz
[ ] Corunna
[ ] Gijon
[ ] Valencia
He claimed to have 'burned the King of Spain's beard'!
10. The Armada eventually set out from which port?
[ ] Bilbao
[x] Lisbon
[ ] Oporto
[ ] Santander
In Portugal - a country that Philip II also ruled