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 was the meaning of Squanto's and Hobbamock's names?

2. Who allowed war to happen?

3. How long can Indian corn be stored without spoiling?

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

5. What Italian explorer had come to Narragansett Bay as early as 1524?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened to the ship, the Fortune?

3. Why were the Nausets "ill affected toward the English"?

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

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

8. Describe the passengers' quarters.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

A common theme throughout the book is the Puritan belief that everything in life happens for a reason. Explain this belief, how it affected the Puritan's daily lives, and show examples of incidents the Puritans believed occurred because God made them occur.

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