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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. 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?

2. On what date did John Winthrop pen a letter to his wife Margaret that said, “Yet for all these thinges (I prayse my God) I am not discouraged, nor doe I see cause to repent, or dispaire of those good dayes heere, which will make amends for all”?

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

4. 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?

5. On what date did John Winthrop marry his second wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe John Winthrop’s education in Chapter 1: “The Taming of the Heart”? When did John Winthrop leave school and marry?

2. How did the members of the Massachusetts Bay Company perceive the charter when they were told about it in Chapter 4: “The Way to a New England”? Why?

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

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

5. 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”?

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

8. 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”?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss His Majesty’s Court of Wards and Liveries. When was the Court of Wards and Liveries established? What was its purpose? How did the court evolve by the time that Winthrop worked there as an attorney? What did Winthrop think of his work at the court?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss John Winthrop’s inner conflicts regarding colonization in the New World. What did Winthrop see as the positive elements of leaving England? What were the negative elements of the colonization to Winthrop? How did the interest of Emmanuel Downing influence Winthrop’s position?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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