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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who served as governor of Plymouth Colony from 1673 to 1680?
(a) John Alderman.
(b) William Hubbard.
(c) Richard Callicot.
(d) Josiah Winslow.

2. According to the author, the English were particularly brutal when they attacked the Narragansetts' Great Swamp on what date?
(a) September 1, 1675.
(b) November 10, 1674.
(c) August 13, 1677.
(d) December 19, 1675.

3. In the Great Swamp Fight, it is believed that the militia killed about how many Narragansetts?
(a) 200.
(b) 300.
(c) 100.
(d) 56.

4. Medfield, Massachusetts, was first settled in what year?
(a) 1654.
(b) 1677.
(c) 1649.
(d) 1616.

5. In the 1670s the powwaws of many tribes encouraged war in order to do what?
(a) Appease the gods.
(b) Purify their blood.
(c) Preserve the Indian way of life.
(d) Eradicate the colonists.

Short Answer Questions

1. Sassamon was a Christian minister in what Indian praying town?

2. What standard picture of New England during the war, including landscapes of ash, farms destroyed, and bodies without heads did Nathaniel Saltonstall write?

3. At what age did Hugo Grotius publish his first book?

4. The first English settlers arrived in what year, when Sassamon's parents may have welcomed them?

5. What was the name of the Algonquian language?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the early life of John Sassamon described in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

2. How did the loss of property impact the Puritans, as discussed in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

3. What did the colonists believe of the Indian powwaws? How did this shape their view of the war, as discussed in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

4. What does the author say regarding literacy as a tool in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

5. What reasons did the Narragansetts give for their attack on Providence, as described in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

6. Who was accused of the murder of John Sassamon? How does the author describe Metacom's reaction in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

7. How did the actions of the English impact the Native American people, according to the author in the Prologue?

8. How were homes used as a metaphor by Nathaniel Saltonstall, as described in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

9. What does the author remark regarding suffering and writing about the war in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?

10. How does the author describe the portrayal of Native Americans among the colonists in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

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