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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where had John Winthrop’s second eldest son, Henry, gone to make his fortune but returned in 1629 with expensive habits and no fortune?
(a) France
(b) Africa
(c) Barbados
(d) Japan

2. Whom did James I appoint as Archbishop of Canterbury?
(a) Isaac Johnson
(b) William Laud
(c) George Abbott
(d) Thomas Fones

3. On what date was Charles I crowned at Westminster Abbey?
(a) June 11, 1630
(b) July 28, 1629
(c) March 10, 1629
(d) February 2, 1626

4. The first church within the boundaries of Massachusetts Bay to be founded in the congregational manner was "gathered" on what date, according to the author in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?
(a) December 6, 1615
(b) July 20, 1629
(c) May 15, 1629
(d) March 28, 1605

5. The author notes in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission” that by 1635, “a dozen churches were scattered round the bay from Hingham to” where?
(a) Plum Cove
(b) Medford
(c) Newbury
(d) Salem

6. On what date did James I die?
(a) April 7, 1630
(b) June 11, 1630
(c) March 27, 1625
(d) April 29, 1618

7. When was John Calvin born?
(a) 1559
(b) 1509
(c) 1598
(d) 1665

8. The first glimpse that the Puritans aboard John Winthrop’s ships got of New England was the hills of what Maine town, according to the author in Chapter 5: “Survival”?
(a) Marymount
(b) Portland
(c) Mount Desert
(d) Chestershire

9. The author notes in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission” that Winthrop soon discovered that the “misdirected zeal” of some of the colonists indicated “that he faced a far more difficult problem to control the good than” to do what?
(a) To punish the wicked
(b) To establish equanimity
(c) To control the King
(d) To control all

10. John Winthrop worked in London as counsel to a Parliamentary committee engaged in drafting legislation, and following this, he was appointed what government job?
(a) Common attorney in His Majesty’s Court of Wards and Liveries
(b) Common attorney in the People’s Court of Wards and Liveries
(c) Common attorney in Her Majesty’s Court of Wards and Liveries
(d) Common attorney in the Parliamentary Court of Wards and Liveries

11. What was the name of the London apothecary that John Winthrop’s older sister Anne married?
(a) Thomas Fones
(b) George Phillips
(c) John Endecott
(d) Thomas Shepard

12. The Massachuset, Nauset, and Wampanoag people spoke using what subfamily of Native American languages?
(a) The Creole languages
(b) The Tupi languages
(c) The Algonquian languages
(d) The Quechua languages

13. When John Winthrop was young, his father became a director at what college?
(a) Aylesbury College
(b) Abingdon and Witney College
(c) Trinity College, Cambridge
(d) Oxford College, London

14. What minister is quoted in the book as having said of his apprehension of leaving England, “The Lord made me feare my affliction came in part for running too far in a way of separation from the mixt Assemblies in England: tho I blesse God I have ever beleeved that there are true churches in many parishes in England where the Lord sets up able men and ministers of his gospell; and I have abhorred to refuse to heare any able minister in England”?
(a) Nicholas Knopp
(b) Roger Williams
(c) Thomas Shepard
(d) Nathaniel Ward

15. What well-known Suffolk antiquary and friend of Winthrop told him of going to the New World, "The church and common welthe heere at home, hath more neede of your best abyllitie in these dangerous tymes, than any remote plantation"?
(a) Robert Ryece
(b) William Laud
(c) Thomas Fones
(d) Isaac Johnson

Short Answer Questions

1. Who succeeded Mary Tudor as the ruler of England?

2. How old was John Winthrop when he left for college?

3. On what date did John Winthrop pen a letter to his wife Margaret that said, “Yet for all these thinges (I prayse my God) I am not discouraged, nor doe I see cause to repent, or dispaire of those good dayes heere, which will make amends for all”?

4. What is the approximate distance between London, England, and Boston, Massachusetts?

5. Upon arriving in the New World, John Winthrop’s shops sailed through the channel between Bakers Island and Little Island and cast anchor where, according to the author in Chapter 5: “Survival”?

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