London Quiz - Tudor London (Questions)

Just as it is now, London was a great place to be in Tudor times. It bustled with trade and industry. It was a hotbed for British art and literature and the location of the Royal court and parliament. Then, as now, it was also a city of extremes and home to both the country’s richest and poorest. How much do you know about Tudor London?

1. During Tudor times, London saw a significant population growth. The population of London was 50,000 in 1500. What was it in 1600?
[ ] 55,000
[ ] 100,000
[ ] 200,000
[ ] 500,000
2. Which of these was NOT a palace in Tudor London?
[ ] St James’ Palace
[ ] Whitehall Palace
[ ] Westminster Palace
[ ] Hatfield House
3. How many bridges were there across the Thames in Tudor times?
[ ] 0
[ ] 1
[ ] 3
[ ] 33
4. In Tudor times, Londoners had to fight many diseases which spread quickly and easily in the overcrowded city. Which of these diseases would 16th century Londoners NOT have caught?
[ ] Cholera
[ ] Typhus
[ ] Sweating sickness
[ ] Polio
5. By 2030, life expectancy is expected to reach 90. In Tudor times most people lived until they were what age?
[ ] 10 - 15
[ ] 35 - 40
[ ] 50 - 55
[ ] 65 - 70
6. A curfew was rung every night in Tudor times. At what time did it ring in summer?
[ ] 6pm
[ ] 9pm
[ ] 10.30pm
[ ] Midnight
7. Which new financial establishment did Elizabeth I open in 1571?
[ ] The Royal Exchange
[ ] The Bank of England
[ ] Lloyds of London
[ ] Liberty of London
8. From the mid 1500s St Paul’s Church became known more as a centre for bookshops and the printing trade than for its religious sermons. What event accounted for this changing role?
[ ] The Great Fire
[ ] The dissolution of the monasteries
[ ] The Civil War
[ ] The removal of all taxes
9. What is the name of the building that today stands in Whitehall and is the only visible part remaining of Henry VIII’s sumptuous Whitehall palace?
[ ] The Banqueting House
[ ] The Chapter House
[ ] Horse Guards
[ ] The Treasury
10. Which Tudor monarch was beheaded at the Tower of London?
[ ] Mary Queen of Scots
[ ] Elizabeth I
[ ] Lady Jane Grey
[ ] Henry VII

 

London Quiz - Tudor London (Answers)
1. During Tudor times, London saw a significant population growth. The population of London was 50,000 in 1500. What was it in 1600?
[ ] 55,000
[ ] 100,000
[x] 200,000
[ ] 500,000
The population quadrupled in just 100 years
2. Which of these was NOT a palace in Tudor London?
[ ] St James’ Palace
[ ] Whitehall Palace
[ ] Westminster Palace
[x] Hatfield House
The Tudor monarch Henry VIII had more than 60 houses when he died in 1547
3. How many bridges were there across the Thames in Tudor times?
[ ] 0
[x] 1
[ ] 3
[ ] 33
With just one bridge to cope with all the traffic, the quickest way to cross the river was by boat
4. In Tudor times, Londoners had to fight many diseases which spread quickly and easily in the overcrowded city. Which of these diseases would 16th century Londoners NOT have caught?
[ ] Cholera
[ ] Typhus
[ ] Sweating sickness
[x] Polio
It is thought that the earliest recorded case of polio was that of Walter Scott in 1773
5. By 2030, life expectancy is expected to reach 90. In Tudor times most people lived until they were what age?
[ ] 10 - 15
[x] 35 - 40
[ ] 50 - 55
[ ] 65 - 70
Many rich people often lived beyond 40
6. A curfew was rung every night in Tudor times. At what time did it ring in summer?
[ ] 6pm
[x] 9pm
[ ] 10.30pm
[ ] Midnight
Curfew comes from the French ‘couvre feu’ meaning to cover the fire. The ancient equivalent of ‘lights out’!
7. Which new financial establishment did Elizabeth I open in 1571?
[x] The Royal Exchange
[ ] The Bank of England
[ ] Lloyds of London
[ ] Liberty of London
Elizabeth I opened the Royal Exchange in the City of London in 1571. The Royal Exchange became the stock exchange which still operates, however most transactions are now done electronically as befits the 21st century
8. From the mid 1500s St Paul’s Church became known more as a centre for bookshops and the printing trade than for its religious sermons. What event accounted for this changing role?
[ ] The Great Fire
[x] The dissolution of the monasteries
[ ] The Civil War
[ ] The removal of all taxes
St Paul’s survived the dissolution but was left decaying and dilapidated
9. What is the name of the building that today stands in Whitehall and is the only visible part remaining of Henry VIII’s sumptuous Whitehall palace?
[x] The Banqueting House
[ ] The Chapter House
[ ] Horse Guards
[ ] The Treasury
Banqueting House was built in 1619 by Inigo Jones and was one of the first renaissance-style buildings to exist in England. It was the site of Charles I’s execution and still boasts a ceiling painted by Peter-Paul Reubens in 1636. It is open to visitors daily
10. Which Tudor monarch was beheaded at the Tower of London?
[ ] Mary Queen of Scots
[ ] Elizabeth I
[x] Lady Jane Grey
[ ] Henry VII
Lady Jane Grey was beheaded at the Tower in 1587 and succeeded by Mary I. She is known as the 9 days’ queen and wasn’t ever crowned