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 Indian tribe did the Pilgrims befriend?

2. What happened after more than fifty years of peace between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans?

3. For how many days had the Mayflower blundered through storms and headwinds before reaching the New World?

4. What treacherous area of water did the Mayflower encounter after 1 p.m. as they approached the New World?

5. What English explorer sailed from Maine in a small open boat?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the Pilgrims attempt to make a show of strength to the Indians?

2. Why does the author state that the story about the Pilgrims changes from the story we know to the story that we need to know?

3. What one clue did Bradford leave that might indicate how he felt about the death of his wife?

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

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

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

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

8. Why were the Pokanokets in a desperate struggle to maintain their existence as a people?

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

10. How did some of the Indians' oldest people describe the first sight of a European sailing vessel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Pilgrims left England because of intolerant attitudes toward their religious beliefs. How did the Pilgrims have the same type of intolerant attitude toward the Strangers and others when they settled in the New World?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why there was a controversy between some Indians and some Englishmen regarding the murder and the punishment of Arthur Peach and his cohorts. What motives were behind the controversy?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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