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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the agreement worked out with the Massachusetts Bay Company’s investors, it was agreed that the company would be managed by undertakers. How many of these undertakers would be stationed in England?
(a) 6
(b) 7
(c) 2
(d) 5

2. On what date did John Winthrop write home to Margaret from London about the prospect of moving to New England, saying, “If the Lord seeth it wil be good for us, he will provide a shelter and a hidinge place for us and ours”?
(a) October 19, 1630
(b) August 23, 1630
(c) May 15, 1629
(d) February 2, 1626

3. On what date did John Winthrop marry his second wife?
(a) April 29, 1618
(b) May 15, 1629
(c) February 2, 1626
(d) December 6, 1615

4. In what year did Adam Winthrop purchase the confiscated monastery at Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk?
(a) 1544
(b) 1531
(c) 1599
(d) 1625

5. On what date did John Winthrop and several other prominent Puritans who were interested in emigrating assemble in Lincolnshire to talk it over, according to the author in the beginning of Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England”?
(a) February 2, 1626
(b) October 19, 1630
(c) July 16, 1630
(d) July 28, 1629

6. The author says of Winthrop in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place” that he “did not aim at power for the sake of power, but he longed to” do what?
(a) Use his talents in the cause of God
(b) Use his talents for the creation of wealth
(c) Separate the colony from control of the King
(d) Found a religious Eden

7. In what year did John Winthrop’s second wife die?
(a) 1616
(b) 1629
(c) 1659
(d) 1598

8. What company established the Sagadahoc Colony in 1607 in present-day Maine?
(a) The St. James Charter Company
(b) The Massachusetts Bay Company
(c) The Dorchester Company
(d) The Plymouth Company

9. Tattershall is described in Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England” as the home of whom?
(a) Roger Williams
(b) Isaac Johnson
(c) Nathaniel Ward
(d) John Haynes

10. Since what year had there been a fairly substantial group of colonists at Cape Ann, according to the author in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place”?
(a) 1616
(b) 1623
(c) 1598
(d) 1630

11. 93. For how many years does the author say the “human flood swept into Massachusetts, pushing up the rivers, swarming over the champion lands, some twenty thousand souls, and every soul was checked off as saved or damned” in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?
(a) For five years
(b) For two years
(c) For six years
(d) For ten years

12. Margaret Tyndal’s father held what position when she married John Winthrop?
(a) Common attorney
(b) Butcher
(c) Chancery judge
(d) Wheat farmer

13. What was the name of John Winthrop’s second wife?
(a) Lucy Winthrop
(b) Anne Hutchinson
(c) Thomasine Clopton
(d) Mary Tudor

14. 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 control all
(b) To punish the wicked
(c) To control the King
(d) To establish equanimity

15. What was the name of John Winthrop’s younger sister who married Emmanuel Downing?
(a) Elizabeth
(b) Marie
(c) Lucy
(d) Sara

Short Answer Questions

1. Of the plan developed for governing the proposed colony by the Massachusetts Bay Company, the author says in Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England,” “The colony would not be a mere commercial enterprise, nor would it be simply a hiding place from the wrath of God. It would be instead” what?

2. What minister that lived near Groton Manor and accompanied Winthrop to New England was so obsessed with the need for avoiding separatism that “he declared not only the churches of England but also those of Rome to be true churches”?

3. On what date did John Winthrop’s ships pass the Isles of Shoals, where a ship lay at anchor, upon arriving in the New World?

4. Regarding the use of alcohol, the Puritans imposed a self-denying ordinance that forbade what?

5. On what date did John Winthrop ride to Cambridge, “where he with eleven other leading Puritans signed an agreement to be ready by the following March to embark for New England”?

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