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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. The three men who were accused as the killers of Sassamon were Mattashunannamo, Tobias, and his son, who was named what?
(a) Metacom.
(b) Nahauton.
(c) Patuckson.
(d) Wampapaquan.

2. 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.

3. King Philip's War began in June of what year?
(a) 1675.
(b) 1639.
(c) 1648.
(d) 1676.

4. What book did William Hubbard write at the order of the Colonial government, which paid him 50 pounds for it?
(a) A History of England.
(b) A History of New England.
(c) A History of the Northwest.
(d) An Account of the Great Swamp Battle.

5. Who is credited with the founding of Medfield, Massachusetts?
(a) William Hubbard.
(b) John Alderman.
(c) Richard Callicot.
(d) Rev. Ralph Wheelock.

Short Answer Questions

1. What name refers to the mostly Puritan and Pilgrim immigrants from Great Britain who settled New England starting around 1630?

2. Who is thought to have mentored John Sassamon?

3. Who wrote Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians?

4. In the Great Swamp Fight, it is believed that the militia killed about how many Narragansetts?

5. William Hubbard graduated Harvard in what year?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. How does the author describe the Puritans' impression of America and Native Americans upon arriving in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

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