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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 was the first Englishman to learn the Algonquian language?
(a) John Sassamon.
(b) Increase Mather.
(c) William Hubbard.
(d) John Eliot.

2. 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) John Pynchon.
(c) Richard Callicot.
(d) John Alderman.

3. What does "bashaba" mean?
(a) White man.
(b) Chief of chiefs.
(c) Child of the shaman.
(d) Enemy.

4. What were hideous to the colonists and were assigned to the Indians, according to the author?
(a) Rivers.
(b) Meadows.
(c) Swamplands.
(d) Mountains.

5. 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?
(a) Voting rights.
(b) Mythology.
(c) Religion.
(d) Literacy.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what date did the Narragansetts attack Providence, destroying it?

2. Who is credited with the founding of Medfield, Massachusetts?

3. Where was William Hubbard born?

4. What word means "shaman" in the language of the Narragansett?

5. Eliot emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, arriving on November 3 of what year?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. What did the colonists believe of the Indian powwaws? How did this shape their view of the war, as discussed in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

8. 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?

9. What motivations and ethics are described of the Indian tribes for 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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