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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. 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”?
(a) Nathaniel Ward
(b) George Phillips
(c) Roger Williams
(d) Nicholas Knopp

2. Who succeeded Mary Tudor as the ruler of England?
(a) James I
(b) Charles I
(c) Elizabeth I
(d) Henry VIII

3. 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 six years
(c) For two years
(d) For ten years

4. On what date did John Winthrop marry Margaret Tyndal?
(a) July 28, 1629
(b) May 15, 1629
(c) April 7, 1630
(d) April 29, 1618

5. 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) Found a religious Eden
(b) Separate the colony from control of the King
(c) Use his talents in the cause of God
(d) Use his talents for the creation of wealth

Short Answer Questions

1. On what date did Charles I formally dissolve the English Parliament?

2. On what date did John Winthrop become officially engaged to Mary Forth?

3. In what year did John Winthrop’s first wife, Mary Forth Winthrop, die?

4. 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”?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What caused the tensions within Puritanism in the 1610s and 1620s, according to the author in Chapter 1: “The Taming of the Heart”?

3. What was the Puritan relationship with Parliament in England, according to the author in Chapter 2: “Evil and Declining Times”?

4. How does the author describe the beliefs of Charles I in Chapter 2: “Evil and Declining Times”? How is Arminianism described?

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

6. How does the author describe the beliefs of the Puritans when John Winthrop converted in Chapter 1: “The Taming of the Heart”?

7. In what ways did John Winthrop exhibit tolerance as a leader in New England, according to the author in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?

8. How did John Winthrop perceive the growing corruption within the English government, according to the author in Chapter 2: “Evil and Declining Times”?

9. How does the author describe the Puritans’ perception of sin and the punishment of sin in the New World in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?

10. 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”?

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