From bloody civil wars to glorious revolutions, chart the rise and fall of one of the Stuart monarchs of England, Scotland and Ireland, James II/VII. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of a not-so-merry period of the countries' histories.
James was King James II of England. What was his title in Scotland?
King James VII
James the Proper
Who was King James' father?
Where did James live during the English civil wars?
James was forced to flee where?
Why didn't James ascend to the throne after the monarchy was restored in 1660?
He refused the crown.
His older brother, Charles II, was the successor.
He still lived in France.
Why did James join the Spanish army before returning to England?
He lost a bet.
He needed a job.
His brother made an alliance with the Spanish.
After his brother took the throne, James became part of the British navy. What was his title?
commander in chief
lord high admiral
lord of the legion
James had a keen interest in …
He called for what to be seized from the Dutch?
James was raised in what religious tradition?
James ended up converting to what religion in 1669?
James had what kind of views of Protestantism?
James' first wife was …
a Spanish princess
the daughter of a powerful Protestant lord
Anne and James were the subject of scandal because …
He had lots of mistresses.
They were openly affectionate.
both of the above
After Anne died, James caused even more scandal when …
He married a 15 year-old.
He refused to remarry.
He married a Catholic princess.
Why was James' religion becoming a more pressing problem?
He kept talking about it.
James was the likely successor to his brother, Charles II.
Charles II was getting more rabidly anti-Catholic.
A popular belief at the time involved what rumor about James?
He was secretly a priest.
He was plotting with Jesuits to assassinate his brother.
His wife was actually the pope's sister.
What steps were taken in a panic about James?
Parliament attempted to exclude him from succession.
He was exiled.
He was banned from London.
Charles died in 1685. Who ascended the throne?
Charles' illegitimate son
Who attempted a rebellion after James' ascension?
Charles' illegitimate son
James' behavior occasionally promoted what kind of atmosphere in England?
James further angered a lot of his subjects by granting what?
new regiments to Catholic military leaders
pardons to all Catholics
a tax break to non-Anglicans
What surprise news made Protestants even more upset?
The queen was pregnant.
James was converting all his children to Catholicism.
James wouldn't name a successor.
What rumor dogged James' son's birth?
The baby wasn't James'.
The baby wasn't the queen's.
The baby wasn't James' or the queen's.
Meanwhile, some English politicians and leaders were asking whom to sail over with an army?
James' illegitimate son
William of Orange
Charles II's illegitimate son
How was William of Orange related to James?
He was married to James' daughter.
He was a distant cousin, in the line of succession.
William and Mary were …
technically Catholic, but with many Protestant allies and sympthies