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. With the arrival of a ship in November of 1621, how many men and women were in Plymouth Colony?

2. What formal and binding agreement was signed before the passengers went ashore?

3. What member of the Mayflower crew decided to stay in Plymouth?

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

5. How many people were on board the Mayflower?

Short Essay Questions

1. What decision did passengers of the Mayflower have to make now that they were near land?

2. How did the Pilgrims solve the problem of having to entertain and feed a continual stream of Indian visitors?

3. What marvelous change came upon Bradford as his health declined in May of 1657?

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

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

6. Why did the future site of Pymouth Plantation come do well recommended?

7. Why did Awashonks not want to drink the rum that Church brought?

8. Why in the early 1640s did the Great Migration come to an end?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how the war between Philip and Plymouth escalated from a simple political conflict to a full fledged war between races. Explain how different events and actions of the combatants escalated the regional conflict.

Essay Topic 2

Massasoit's first impulse was to curse the Pilgrims. Explain the people, fears, or events that led him to befriend the Pilgrims rather than cursing them.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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