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. Who was to be the governor of the new colony?

2. On what day was a decision made as to where to build the permanent settlement?

3. Who controlled the part of Cape Cod where the Pilgrims stole the corn?

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

5. What Indian tribe did the Pilgrims befriend?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the passengers' quarters.

2. Why does the author state that the story about the Pilgrims changes from the story we know to the story that we need to know?

3. What did Samoset tell the Pilgrims about the Indians who had lived in the area previously?

4. How did Thomas Hunt damage Indian-English relations in New England for decades?

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

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

7. Describe the first venture ashore.

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

9. In 1605, a map indicated between one thousand and two thousand people living along the shores where the Pilgrims planned to settle. Why were no Indians living along the shore now?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the Plymouth colony and the Massachusetts Bay colony, and explain why or why not the Pilgrims should have settled at Boston rather than Plymouth.

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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