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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. When John Winthrop was young, his father became a director at what college?

2. What well-known Suffolk antiquary and friend of Winthrop told him of going to the New World, "The church and common welthe heere at home, hath more neede of your best abyllitie in these dangerous tymes, than any remote plantation"?

3. Whom did James I appoint as Archbishop of Canterbury?

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. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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”?

2. 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”?

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

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

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

6. What influenced John Winthrop to compose documents regarding the immigration effort, according to the author in Chapter 3: “A Shelter and a Hiding Place”?

7. 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”?

8. How did John Winthrop’s views of the English government change during the late 1610s and early 1620s, according to the author in Chapter 2: “Evil and Declining Times”?

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

10. 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”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the system of elections established by John Winthrop and the other leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. What influenced these leaders to adopt a system of voting for leadership? How did these systems find their way into what would eventually become the United States system of government? What was innovative about the electoral system adopted?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the rituals of marriage and courtship during the early 1600s. How frequently were marriages arranged? How did religious belief play a role in the marriage process? How are the customs of the day illustrated through John Winthrop’s first two marriages?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the social, economic, political, religious and cultural atmospheres of London, England, in the late 1500s. Who was the reigning monarch in England when John Winthrop was born? What was England’s official religion? What was the relationship between the church and state in England? How did this history influence John Winthrop?

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