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

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

2. What was the name of the Algonquian language?

3. When was William Hubbard born?

4. Passaconaway is said to have died in what year?

5. What were the villages of Christian Indians called?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the early life of John Sassamon described in Part One, Language, Chapter 1, Beware of Any Linguist?

4. How is Natural Law and Just War theory described in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

5. 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?

6. What publication did Nathaniel Saltonstall write of the war? How is it described in Part Two, War, Chapter 3, Habitations of Cruelty?

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

8. Describe the methods of news and communication within the colonies, as discussed in Part One, Language, Chapter 2, The Story of It Printed. How reliable were news sources?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of literacy in The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity. How was literacy used as a tool for the powerful throughout history?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the English colonial identity and the correlation between that identity and land. How does the author relate these concepts metaphorically?

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