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 did the Pokanokets call their creator god?

2. How many men signed the agreement before the Mayflower landed?

3. What day did the Mayflower leave Provincetown Harbor?

4. On the voyage, how many women were pregnant?

5. What was the biggest problem with the arrival of another ship in November of 1621?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why didn't the Indians and English of Plymouth Colony live in peaceful harmony all of those first fifty-five years?

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

3. Describe the first venture ashore.

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

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

6. Describe the passengers' quarters.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The author states that when violence and fear grip a society, it is easy to demonize the enemy as justification for violent actions. Discuss how the Pilgrims and/or the Indians justified violence by demonizing one another throughout the many conflicts that occurred between the groups.

Essay Topic 3

Argue whether Dorothy Bradford committed suicide or if she simply fell overboard. Use examples from the book to support your arguments.

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