Mayflower Test | Final 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 some Massachusetts authorities consider building when conditions became so desperate and winter was approaching?

2. Which group of Indians became the first in New England to disown Philip?

3. What son of Massasoit became Pokanokets' new leader?

4. What did England become after the death of King Charles?

5. What vandalism in 1675 caused Governor Winslow to ask for assistance from the Massachusetts Bay colony?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Thomas Morton represent everything the Pilgrims had come to America to escape?

5. What did Roger Williams do when the Indians attacked Providence?

6. What became the focus of the children and grandchildren of the Pilgrims?

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

8. Toward the end of the war, what did the Englishmen view as a humane alternative to death and torture?

9. Why were the Massachusetts planning to attack Wessagusett and Plymouth?

10. How were the Indians cut out of the New England real estate market?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Pilgrims had refused the services of John Smith because they wanted no Stranger to tell them what to do. Instead, the Pilgrims, whether they realized it or not, came under the control of Squanto. Explain how Squanto manipulated the Pilgrims and their relationship with Massasoit.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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