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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 long would the agreement stay in effect?

2. What occurred upon the arrival of the visitors?

3. The country had recently been severely affected by which of the following?

4. What was one of the main obstacles to going to the new city?

5. What did many of those people do when a new queen took the throne?

Short Essay Questions

1. What gift did Massasoit leave behind for the Pilgrims? What was the purpose? How long did the arrangement last?

2. One of the first major conflicts in the colony had to do with the celebration of Christmas. Explain the incident and how it was resolved.

3. Explain the period referred to as "The Starting Time."

4. What was the purpose and the context of the pact made between Massasoit and the Pilgrims?

5. Bradford repeats a passage of the document, one which gives the basis of the new government as well as its aim and goals. What is the passage quoted?

6. Who was the next important native to visit the Pilgrims? Discuss the visit.

7. Explain the change in the monarchy when Queen Elizabeth I took the throne.

8. How did some people justify the torture and murder of the professors? What became of the survivors?

9. State at least one part of the purpose of the Mayflower Compact as well as the aim of the new government. What about the agreement may seem ironic?

10. Why did the Separatists choose to go to Holland? What prompted the group to move ahead with the plan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Separatists were at the mercy of the British monarchy before they went to Holland. Although the official policies never changed the behaviors of the monarchs varied widely. Discuss the official policy held by the church and monarchy regarding the Separatists. Compare and contrast the treatment of the Separatists under the rule of Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth I, and King James I. Which was the most tolerant? Which was responsible for the most amount of persecution? Also discuss who was in power when the Separatists officially formed and who was in power when they fled the country.

Essay Topic 2

After spending less than a year in Amsterdam, the Separatists had cause to move out of the city and to the town of Leyden. Discuss in detail the reasons for leaving Amsterdam. Was there one specific incident or reason for moving out of the city? If so, what was it? Was the entire group eager to go or was the decision made by a few? Were all of the Separatists in the city by that time? Why did they choose Leyden? How is Leyden described in the text? How long did the group stay in Leyden? How did the conditions compare to those in Amsterdam? What were the biggest differences? Were the Separatists more or less successful in Leyden in regards to rebuilding their church? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Weston is painted as being the most unscrupulous man ever to deal with the Pilgrims. Who was Weston? What position did he hold at Plymouth Plantation? Was Weston involved before, during or after the move from the Netherlands? Explain. Why did Bradford consider Weston to be unscrupulous? Was there one particular action or event that gained Weston such a negative reputation? Explain. How did Weston's relationship with Plymouth Plantation end? What happened to Weston after he left the Plantation? Explain.

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