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. Why did Bradford not execute Squanto for his role in the plot to overthrow Massasoit?

2. Who was the most notable arrival on the ship that arrived in November of 1621 ?

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

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

5. At the end of Chapter 7, who was launching a plan to become the most powerful Indian leader in New England?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Philip want the English to draw first blood?

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

3. Toward the end of the war, what did the Englishmen view as a humane alternative to death and torture?

4. What happened to the ship, the Fortune?

5. How was Standish's influence seen as the Pilgrims gathered for Sunday worship?

6. What happened because the children of the Pilgrims chose to pursue economic prosperity at the expense of the Indians?

7. What process did Plymouth use to remove potentially dangerous Native men and boys?

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

9. What happened to the Narragansett fort?

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

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

In Chapter 8, Pastor John Robinson writes about the ruffling course that the Pilgrims began with the Wessagusett raid. Argue whether Robinson's words proved to be prophetic or did not prove to be prophetic given the ultimate course of New England's history.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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