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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 in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?, due to their great losses, many New England colonists thought God was punishing them for their failure to do what?
(a) Convert the Indians to Christianity.
(b) Remain loyal to the Crown.
(c) Maintain purity.
(d) Kill all of the Indians.

2. John Eliot's efforts as a missionary earned him what nickname?
(a) "The White apostle".
(b) "Saint Eliot".
(c) "The Indian apostle".
(d) "The Christian apostle".

3. The most standard narratives of King Philip's War were published where, according to the author in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?
(a) Boston.
(b) London.
(c) Dublin.
(d) New York.

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

5. When was Metacomet born?
(a) 1675.
(b) 1676.
(c) 1639.
(d) 1648.

Short Answer Questions

1. King Philip's War began in June of what year?

2. When was A Brief History of the War with the Indians in New-England published?

3. The witnesses who testified against Sassamon's accused killers were Patuckson and who?

4. What is a Protestant theological system and an approach to the Christian life and was advanced by several theologians such as Martin Bucer, Heinrich Bullinger, Peter Martyr Vermigli, and Huldrych Zwingli?

5. What does "bashaba" mean?

Short Essay Questions

1. When was the rock thought to have been engraved in the Epilogue, The Rock?

2. What American actor gained fame for his portrayal of Metacom in Metamora? How is he described in Part Four, Memory, Chapter 8, The Curse of Metamora?

3. How does the author describe the symbolism of Metamora in regard to American identity in Part Four, Memory, Chapter 8, The Curse of Metamora?

4. When were Metacom's wife and child captured? Where does the author say they were taken in Part Three, Bondage, Chapter 6, A Dangerous Merchandise?

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

6. What does the author write regarding the legend of King Philip and our perception of him through the eyes of history?

7. What issues did the colonists have with distinguishing captured Indians, as discussed in Part Three, Bondage, Chapter 6, A Dangerous Merchandise?

8. 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?

9. How was John Sassamon involved in King Philip's War, as discussed in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

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

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