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. Whose son came to Plymouth on the ship that arrived late in 1621?

2. When did the Pilgrims sail to the New World in search of religious freedom?

3. What book tells about the voyage of the Mayflower?

4. What was Massasoit's first impulse to do with the English?

5. Who accompanied an English explorer who sailed from Maine in a small open boat?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to the ship, the Fortune?

2. What decision did passengers of the Mayflower have to make now that they were near land?

3. What disparity did Quadequina notice after the treaty between the Indians and the Pilgrims was signed?

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

5. Why, according to the author, do we like to know how it was "in the beginning"?

6. Why did the Separatists decide to leave Amsterdam?

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

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

9. Why did Massasoit want Squanto to die in Chapter 8?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the Plymouth colony and the Massachusetts Bay colony, and explain why or why not the Pilgrims should have settled at Boston rather than Plymouth.

Essay Topic 2

The author states that there are two possible responses to a world gripped by terror and contention. The first to get mad and get even, and the second is to use coercion rather than slaughter. Explain these two responses to an enemy and compare individuals in the book who used these responses. Does one way get better results? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the consequences of the war with Philip and why the victory might be considered a Pyrrhic victory for the English.

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