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. How much was the cargo worth that the Pilgrims sent back on the Fortune?

2. What did Edward Winslow do on May 12?

3. What two gifts did Winslow and Hopkins take to Massasoit in July of 1621?

4. When did the Mayflower arrive at Provincetown Harbor?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Plymouth's debilitating food shortages end in the fall of 1623?

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

3. What did the New England militia find in the Pokanokets' village?

4. What process did Plymouth use to remove potentially dangerous Native men and boys?

5. Why did Philip want the English to draw first blood?

6. What happened to the Narragansett fort?

7. Describe the story that Church tells at the conclusion of his account of the war.

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

9. What one clue did Bradford leave that might indicate how he felt about the death of his wife?

10. Why do some people think that Dorothy Bradford may have committed suicide?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 3, a Frenchmen told his Indian captors that "God was angry with them for their wickedness, and would destroy them and give their country to another people." Argue whether King Philip's war was or was not God's vengeance on the Indians.

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

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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