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

2. What does the author say represented filth and chaos to the Puritans in Chapter 4, Where is Your O God?

3. When the Puritans came to America, the Algonquians were thought to be what?

4. William Hubbard graduated Harvard in what year?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

10. How does the author describe the evidence surrounding John Sassamon's death 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 the English colonial identity and the correlation between that identity and land. How does the author relate these concepts metaphorically?

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 and analyze the use of metaphor and symbolism in the accounts of King Philip's War. How can the mindset of the Puritans be seen through these metaphors?

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