The Babington Plot: Summary, Cipher & Facts


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The goal Babington Plot was to kill which English monarch?

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1. What was the root issue in English society that led to the Babington Plot?

2. How were coded messages sent between Babington and Mary?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Plots and counterplots, secret codes and spies all sound like something out of a James Bond film, but this espionage story took place centuries ago and brought down a queen. On this worksheet and quiz, you will answer test questions about the Babington Plot. The quiz will ask you what the underlying cause was, who was involved and what happened to them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your understanding of:

  • Which monarch was to be assassinated
  • What the plotters used to exchange coded messages
  • Who Francis Walsingham was

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to describe what happened as a result of the Babington Plot
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about the primary issue that led to the plot
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how Queen Mary and the plotters exchanged secret messages

Additional Learning

The lesson titled The Babington Plot: Summary, Cipher & Facts can teach you much more about these events. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Explain why Mary Stuart was called Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Discuss her claim to the throne of England
  • Describe how Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots were related
  • Explore Walsingham's spies and his role in the plot