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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many colonists came to the New World to establish the Sagadahoc Colony in 1607?

2. The author asserts in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place” that the founding of colonies was notoriously what kind of activity?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What were the three arrangements that John Winthrop had to oversee once he was voted as governor for the new colony and prior to departure from England?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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”?

3. 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?

4. What immediate obstacles did the Massachusetts Bay colonists face upon arrival in the New World, 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. In what ways did John Winthrop exhibit tolerance as a leader in New England, according to the author in Chapter 6: “A Special Commission”?

7. 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”?

8. What various problems did John Winthrop address as leader of the colonists after their arrival, according to the author in Chapter 5: “Survival”?

9. When and where was John Winthrop born? What important event took place in the year Winthrop was born, according to the author in Chapter 1: “The Taming of the Heart”?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the biography, work, and beliefs of Thomas Dudley. What was Dudley’s role in the governing body of the Massachusetts Colony? What led to the animosity between Dudley and Winthrop? How did this rivalry affect government and government policy in the colony?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss John Winthrop’s conversion from the Anglican faith to the more radical Puritan beliefs. Where did John first encounter Puritanism? How many Puritans lived and preached in England during this time period? What influenced the spread of Puritanism in Europe?

Essay Topic 3

Describe John Winthrop’s education. What role did John’s father play in the academic world? How privileged was John Winthrop in his pursuit of higher education at his time historically? Where did John Winthrop study? What did he study?

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