Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647 Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. Once again Weston was at the head of the troubles suffered by the Pilgrims when he denied the colonists their ______.

2. Another plague swept through the area, this time throughout the Indian community. Out of 1000 Indians, approximately ___ survived.

3. Which was not one of the charges filed against Weston?

4. In the end, Allerton ended up _____ the majority of the items that did not belong to him.

5. The colonists were faced with a terrible ____ that struck in the middle of August.

Short Essay Questions

1. Bradford talks about the letters received by Winslow, many of which held ridiculous complaints. Discuss at least some of the complaints.

2. The Pilgrims had trouble raising corn causing a shortage. Discuss Bradford's comments regarding the shortage.

3. Examine the conflict between the Pequot and the Narragansett.

4. Discuss the next conflict held between the Pilgrims and the French.

5. What were some of the difficulties faced by Winslow when he attempted to hire another minister for Plymouth Plantation?

6. Examine the distress over the growth of the colony and how it came about.

7. Discuss the arrival of the Reverend Ralph Smith.

8. Discuss the petition to settle the conflict between the Dutch and the French. Who was in charge of examining and approving it?

9. Hard times continued to plague the Plymouth. Discuss the resignation of Ralph Smith.

10. The Pilgrims were stuck once again by extensive illness. What was the cause?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the role of Isaac Allerton at Plymouth Plantation. What was Allerton's position? To whom was Allerton closest? What were Allerton's responsibilities before, during and after he left office? What type of man was Allerton? Was he trustworthy? What was Bradford's opinion of the man? What was the collective opinion of the rest of the Separatists? Explain. What eventually became of Allerton? How was the colony affected by Allerton's actions? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast commonly accepted historical fact against the information provided in the book OF PLYMOUTH PLANTATION, 1620-1647 by William Bradford. Discuss possible discrepancies between accepted misconceptions and historical information as presented by Bradford. For example, modern society has painted a completely inaccurate picture of the first Thanksgiving. Choose at least five examples of misinformation.

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