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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was the "First Thanksgiving" most likely held?
(a) August.
(b) November.
(c) December.
(d) Late September or early October.

2. How much was the cargo worth that the Pilgrims sent back on the Fortune?
(a) 500 pounds.
(b) 300 pounds.
(c) 200 pounds.
(d) 2500 pounds.

3. What happened in Jamestown in the spring of 1621?
(a) A typhus epidemic.
(b) A number of children were born.
(c) A peace treaty.
(d) A massacre.

4. What was Massasoit's first impulse to do with the English?
(a) Trade with them.
(b) Make an alliance with them.
(c) Kill them.
(d) Curse them.

5. Who wrote a book about the voyage of the Mayflower?
(a) John Robinson.
(b) Robert Cushman.
(c) William Brewster.
(d) William Bradford.

Short Answer Questions

1. What formal and binding agreement was signed before the passengers went ashore?

2. Where was the ship's helmsman stationed?

3. Who controlled the part of Cape Cod where the Pilgrims stole the corn?

4. Why did the Mayflower not return to England after a settlement site was found?

5. What people were not affected by the disease in the area?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Samoset tell the Pilgrims about the Indians who had lived in the area previously?

2. Why did the future site of Pymouth Plantation come do well recommended?

3. Describe the passengers' quarters.

4. How did the master of the Speedwell work against the Pilgrims?

5. How did the Pilgrims solve the problem of having to entertain and feed a continual stream of Indian visitors?

6. Describe how an Indian named Epenow persuaded his English abductors to return him to the New World.

7. Why do some people think that Dorothy Bradford may have committed suicide?

8. Why did the Pilgrims decide to build a wall around their community?

9. How did Weston betray the Pilgrims?

10. Describe Standish's first expedition to look for a potential settlement site.

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