Mayflower Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Nathaniel Philbrick
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happened to the Indians who used to live at Plymouth?

2. Where did Jones decide they were near as the Mayflower headed toward shore?

3. What Indian tribe did the Pilgrims befriend?

4. How many people died each day in February and March, 1621?

5. In 1676, what ship left the shores of New England?

Short Essay Questions

1. Hobbamock was a pniese. What is a pniese?

2. Where should the Pilgrims have settled rather than Plymouth?

3. Why wasn't the terrain surrounding Plymouth a primeval forest?

4. How did Thomas Hunt damage Indian-English relations in New England for decades?

5. Why were the Pilgrims familiar with turkeys?

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

7. What food did the passengers find on shore?

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

9. Why was it illegal for the Separatists to have their own church services?

10. Why were passengers in an uproar when they learned they were headed to New England rather than the Hudson River?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although King Philip's War became a racial war, it was also caused by greed. Explain how greed led Philip and the English into the conflict and what gain the parties expected to obtain from the conflict.

Essay Topic 2

Some say that the Pilgrims' passion and fervor that enabled them to survive those first grim years threatened to darken into a "mean-spirited fanaticism." Using examples from the book, argue whether you think the Pilgrims did or did not become mean-spirited fanatics.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the war between Philip and Plymouth escalated from a simple political conflict to a full fledged war between races. Explain how different events and actions of the combatants escalated the regional conflict.

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