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 Pilgrims wish they could catch?

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

3. What was Massasoit's brother's name?

4. How many people were on board the Mayflower?

5. What was different about the trees in New England from those in England?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Weston betray the Pilgrims?

2. How did the Pilgrims' first Indian visitor, Samoset, learn to speak English?

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

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

5. Hobbamock was a pniese. What is a pniese?

6. Why did the Seaflower depart from New England bound for the Caribbean in 1676?

7. How did the master of the Speedwell work against the Pilgrims?

8. What happened to the ship, the Fortune?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Pilgrims believed that God played a role in their destiny, but they also did not hesitate to do whatever needed to be done to take charge of their own destiny. Explain incidents that demonstrate how the Pilgrims took charge of their own destiny.

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

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.

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