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 the Pilgrims decide not to settle at Cold Harbor?

2. When did the Mayflower set sail for England?

3. Who sent a scathing letter with the ship that arrived in November, 1621?

4. What tradition began with the women of the Mayflower?

5. What happened in Jamestown in the spring of 1621?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the first venture ashore.

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

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

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

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

6. Why were passengers in an uproar when they learned they were headed to New England rather than the Hudson River?

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

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

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

10. What food did the passengers find on shore?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

Some might say it is contradictory for people with strong religious beliefs to use violence to suit their purposes. Argue why you think it was or was not contradictory for the Pilgrims to use violence. Use specific examples from the book to support your argument.

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