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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. Who is said in Chapter 10: “Seventeenth-Century Nihilism” to have observed that many people in Massachusetts “could hardly believe that God would suffer Mr. Cotton to err”?
(a) George Phillips
(b) Roger Williams
(c) Thomas Dudley
(d) Henry Winthrop

2. On what date did John Winthrop summon at Charlestown the first meeting labeled in the records as a General Court?
(a) March 27, 1625
(b) April 29, 1618
(c) October 19, 1630
(d) May 15, 1629

3. Who is described in Chapter 9: “Separation Unleashed” as the “judicious governor of the colony” at Plymouth that found Roger Williams to be godly and zealous?
(a) John Wilson
(b) John Haynes
(c) Roger Ludlow
(d) William Bradford

4. During the economic depression that hit the New World during the English Civil War, what law was overlooked in order to encourage entrepreneurs who undertook to produce iron and salt?
(a) The law against capitalism
(b) The law against millinery
(c) The law against monopolies
(d) The law against trade with Indians

5. How old was Henry Vane when he was elected governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636?
(a) 32
(b) 23
(c) 36
(d) 19

Short Answer Questions

1. Anne Hutchinson is said to have gained a wide acquaintance in Boston by serving as what, according to the author in Chapter 10: “Seventeenth-Century Nihilism”?

2. What “testy pastor of Ipswich, held himself unworthy to wipe John Cotton’s slippers,” according to the author in Chapter 10: “Seventeenth-Century Nihilism”?

3. How old was Nathaniel Ward when he came to Ipswich in 1634?

4. When Roger Williams was first offered a position as minister at the Salem church, John Winthrop wrote to whom, marveling that they would choose a teacher with such dangerous views?

5. How many pounds did the General Court usually pay John Winthrop per year while he was governor?

Short Essay Questions

1. What led up to the banishment of Reverend Wheelwright, according to the author in Chapter 10: “Seventeenth-Century Nihilism”?

2. How does the author describe Anne Hutchinson’s Antinomian beliefs in Chapter 10: “Seventeenth-Century Nihilism”?

3. Why did John Winthrop’s choice regarding the English Civil War prove to be advantageous to the Puritans, as discussed by the author in Chapter 12: “New England or Old”?

4. What were John Winthrop’s feelings about Roger Williams, according to the author in Chapter 9: “Separation Unleashed”?

5. What did the Massachusetts Bay Company charter grant in terms of the establishment of a government for the colony, according to the author in Chapter 7: “A Due Form of Government”?

6. How does the author describe the changes in the colony during the years when John Winthrop was overthrown as governor in Chapter 9: “Separation Unleashed”?

7. What was innovative and potentially controversial about the system of government established by Winthrop and his associates, according to the author in Chapter 7: “A Due Form of Government”?

8. What forced John Winthrop to reveal the stipulations of the charter to the colonists, according to the author in Chapter 8: “Leniency Rebuked”?

9. Where did Roger Williams go when he left Plymouth? Where did he begin a church and start to gain power, according to the author in Chapter 9: “Separation Unleashed”?

10. What did the representatives learn when they studied the charter in Chapter 8: “Leniency Rebuked”?

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