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

2. How many mills in Medfield, Massachusetts, were destroyed by Native Americans during King Philip's War in 1675?
(a) 3.
(b) 5.
(c) 2.
(d) 1.

3. Passaconaway is a name which translates to what in English?
(a) "Child of the Bear".
(b) "The Great Antelope".
(c) "Wolf of Night".
(d) "The Great Bear".

4. What has been described as a law whose content is set by nature and is thus universal?
(a) Natural Law.
(b) Earth Law.
(c) The Law of Gravity.
(d) Human Law.

5. What was a Native American tribe formerly inhabiting western Massachusetts, especially around the confluence of the Deerfield and Connecticut Rivers in Franklin County?
(a) The Nipmuc tribe.
(b) The Narragansett tribe.
(c) The Pocomtuc tribe.
(d) The Mohegan tribe.

Short Answer Questions

1. William Hubbard was the pastor of the Congregational church located where?

2. Who is thought to have mentored John Sassamon?

3. A prodigious learner, Hugo Grotius entered the University of Leiden when he was how old?

4. What is the name of a group of Algonquian Indians native to Worcester County, Massachusetts?

5. What were hideous to the colonists and were assigned to the Indians, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was problematic for the Puritans in their plight to maintain a civil identity, as discussed in the Prologue?

2. How did Nathaniel Saltonstall describe the war in relation to the body, as discussed in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

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

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

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

6. How does the author describe the English identity of the colonists in 1676 in the Prologue of The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity?

7. When did King Philip's War begin, according to the author in the Prologue? What tribes were involved?

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

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

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

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