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

2. On what date did the Narragansetts attack Providence, destroying it?
(a) September 12, 1568.
(b) March 29, 1676.
(c) December 10, 1675.
(d) November 14, 1676.

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 Salem, Massachusetts.
(b) Court of Anderson and Overlay.
(c) Court of Oyer and Terminer.
(d) Court of Franklin and Boston.

4. The colonists lost about how many men in the Great Swamp Fight?
(a) 59.
(b) 25.
(c) 67.
(d) 70.

5. Who was fiercely competitive with William Hubbard and even campaigned to discredit Hubbard's account of the war?
(a) William Hubbard.
(b) John Sassamon.
(c) Increase Mather.
(d) Richard Callicot.

Short Answer Questions

1. Passaconaway is a name which translates to what in English?

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

3. The sachem Metacomet was also known by what name?

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

5. When did Nathaniel Saltonstall die?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author describe the evidence surrounding John Sassamon's death in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

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

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

8. What theories does the author describe for the murder of John Sassamon in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

9. Where were most of the accounts of the war published, according to the author in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed? How are the accounts described?

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

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