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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. According to the author, many colonists found it hard to write about the war, such as what individual who felt totally devastated by his experience of the burning of Springfield?
(a) William Hubbard.
(b) Richard Callicot.
(c) John Alderman.
(d) John Pynchon.

2. Who is thought to have mentored John Sassamon?
(a) John Alderman.
(b) Increase Mather.
(c) James Williams.
(d) John Eliot.

3. What is defined as an uncivilized or barbaric state or condition?
(a) Culture.
(b) Savagery.
(c) Civilization.
(d) Redemption.

4. When did Nathaniel Saltonstall die?
(a) 1718.
(b) 1677.
(c) 1707.
(d) 1725.

5. When was A Brief History of the War with the Indians in New-England published?
(a) 1677.
(b) 1612.
(c) 1676.
(d) 1642.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many accounts of King Philip's War represent several types of writing aimed at different audiences, according to the author in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?

2. What was the capital city of the Massachusetts Bay colony?

3. When the Puritans came to America, the Algonquians were thought to be what?

4. What has been described as a law whose content is set by nature and is thus universal?

5. When was William Hubbard born?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is literacy in the colonies described in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?

3. What did the author write of the changing Puritan population and identity in the 1630s and 1640s in the Prologue?

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

5. What motivations and ethics are described of the Indian tribes for the war in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

6. What publication did Nathaniel Saltonstall write of the war? How is it described in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

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

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

9. Describe the methods of news and communication within the colonies, as discussed in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed. How reliable were news sources?

10. How does the author describe the motivations of the colonists and the Native Americans in the war in the Prologue?

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