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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. John Winthrop, Jr. considered going to New England with Endecott’s group but instead went on a fourteen-month tour of what region, according to the author in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place”?
(a) Tropical Asia
(b) The Mediterranean
(c) The Canary Islands
(d) South America

2. In order to secure the Massachusetts Bay Company’s investors, an agreement was finally worked out whereby the remaining resources of the company would be managed for seven years by "undertakers." How many of these undertakers would be established in Massachusetts?
(a) 6
(b) 5
(c) 7
(d) 3

3. 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) Japan
(d) Barbados

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

5. In what year did John Winthrop’s first wife, Mary Forth Winthrop, die?
(a) 1615
(b) 1620
(c) 1600
(d) 1629

Short Answer Questions

1. The author says in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place” that the idea of going to the New World was not novel in Winthrop’s time. Englishman “had drifted back and forth between England and the wilderness across the water” for over how many years?

2. What was the name of John Winthrop’s younger sister who married Emmanuel Downing?

3. Why did many members of Parliament oppose the marriage of Charles I?

4. On what date did the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Company select John Winthrop as the governor of the new colony?

5. 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”?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author explain the relationship between Puritanism and government in Chapter 2: “Evil and Declining Times”?

2. How does the author describe the journey of John Winthrop’s fleet in Chapter 5: “Survival”? Where did the fleet cast anchor in America?

3. How does the author describe the groups called the Presbyterians and the Congregationalists in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?

4. How did the Massachusetts Bay colonists begin the process of settling after their arrival, according to the author in Chapter 5: “Survival”?

5. How did the travels of John Winthrop’s sons influence his opinions of settlement in the New World, according to the author in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place”?

6. What controversies and disputes did John Winthrop have to oversee before the company’s departure, according to the author in Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England”?

7. How did the Puritans of the late 16th and early 17th Centuries feel about the state of the government in England, according to the author in Chapter 2: “Evil and Declining Times”?

8. Who was the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company when the company members met to discuss the charter in Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England”? What plans were made at this meeting?

9. What were John Winthrop’s main concerns as he prepared to depart for New England, according to the author in Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England”?

10. How does the author describe the early Puritan establishment of churches in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?

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