The Winthrop Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What news does Bess deliver to her father that makes him hit her with a stick?

2. Now that Bess is a widow, who do the Winthrops want her to consider marrying?

3. Why does Harry return from Barbados?

4. What do the Indians want from Bess in exchange for beaver hides?

5. Of what crime has Peyto been accused?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Bess after John Winthrop orders Harry to accompany him to New England?

2. What is the status of John Winthrop's colony in Chapter 10?

3. What other element of foreshadowing does the author use in Chapter 4?

4. Explain the irony in the relationships between Bess and her Winthrop cousins, Harry and Jack, who are brothers.

5. Why does Bess marry Harry even though she is really in love with his brother, Jack?

6. What is the sad news that John Winthrop receives after he arrives in New England?

7. What is Bess' mood as she arrives in New England in Chapter 8?

8. Why has Bess become a controversial and suspicious character among the villagers in Watertown where she lives?

9. Why is Groton Manor a wonderland to the Fones children?

10. John Winthrop's good mood over the preparations for sailing to New England are dampened by what occurrence?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Bess' openness and sense of adventure put her family at risk? Explain her encounters with Indians as an example. Does Bess assume that everyone has authentic motives as she does? Is Bess' naivete a danger to herself or to the colony? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Describe Anne Hutchinson. What is her role in the colony? Do you think she was tried primarily for heresy or because she was a strong, intelligent woman? Explain. What would have been Anne's eventual fate if she had not been killed in the Indian attack at her home?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Elizabeth (Bess) Fones. What is her fundamental personality? What is it about her that causes such consternation within the Winthrop family? Given Bess' independent nature and spirit of adventure, she seems suited to be a women's rights leader. Is Bess born ahead of her time? Why or why not? How does Bess' personality both help her and hinder her throughout her life?

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