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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. How many houses in Medfield, Massachusetts, were destroyed by Native Americans during King Philip's War in 1675?
(a) 25.
(b) 27.
(c) 40.
(d) 32.

2. John Sassamon's family died during the smallpox epidemic of what year?
(a) 1652.
(b) 1633.
(c) 1612.
(d) 1664.

3. Nathaniel Saltonstall was selected as a judge for what specific court responsible for the trial and sentence of people for the crime of witchcraft in Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials?
(a) Court of Oyer and Terminer.
(b) Court of Franklin and Boston.
(c) Court of Anderson and Overlay.
(d) Court of Salem, Massachusetts.

4. Sassamon was a Christian minister in what Indian praying town?
(a) Namasket.
(b) Wampapaquan.
(c) Nahauton.
(d) Quebec.

5. When did the Pequot War begin?
(a) 1634.
(b) 1615.
(c) 1662.
(d) 1654.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the first Englishman to learn the Algonquian language?

2. Who was fiercely competitive with William Hubbard and even campaigned to discredit Hubbard's account of the war?

3. In 1600, the population of the Wampanoag numbered approximately how many members?

4. What, according to the author, is in many ways a simple tool and is often controlled by the powerful, because it can be used to change minds?

5. The Eighty Years' War took place when?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does the author describe the spiritual views of the Native Americans regarding the war in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

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

5. How is Natural Law and Just War theory described in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

6. How does the author relate King Philip's War to a holy war in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

7. In what regard is John Pynchon discussed in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?

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. How does the author describe the competition between Increase Mather and William Hubbard in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?

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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