The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jill Lepore
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. John Sassamon was born circa what year?

2. 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?

3. What is a domed room dwelling used by certain Native American tribes?

4. According to the author, the colonists thought the powwaws received their orders from whom?

5. What does "bashaba" mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What reasons did the Narragansetts give for their attack on Providence, as described in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

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

7. In what regard is John Pynchon discussed in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed?

8. How did the loss of property impact the Puritans, as discussed in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Just War Theory and Natural Law and the influence of these concepts on the perceptions of the English colonists. Why did the colonists believe the war was just?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Great Swamp Battle and the attack on Medfield, Massachusetts. How many civilians and soldiers were lost in the battles?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the life and works of Jill Lepore. What inspired Lepore to write The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity? How has the book been received?

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