The Winthrop Woman Test | Final 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 happens with the delivery of a letter from the Dutch Director-General?

2. What happens with the arrival of Captain Underhill?

3. How do Will and Bess help Jack in exchange for his writing to the governor on their behalf?

4. What has instilled fear in the residents of the New Amsterdam area?

5. What has happened to Bess' husband, Robert?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bess do when she and Will are accused of adultery and are about to be parted forever?

2. What happens when the new governor refuses to marry Will and Bess?

3. What does Will discover when he visits Watertown one day?

4. Why do Bess and Will go to New Amsterdam together?

5. How does Bess disrupt Thomas' attempt to take her land away from her in the name of Robert Feake?

6. What spiritual experience does Bess have in Chapter 24?

7. What does the letter from George Baxter represent to Bess?

8. What is the symbolism of Bess' new home in Watertown?

9. How does Telaka prove her loyalty to Bess in Chapter 16?

10. What occurs in Chapter 18 to mark the turning point of Bess' personal life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think the trial of Anne Hutchinson reflects more negatively on John Winthrop than it does on Anne? Explain. After some research on the transcripts of Anne's trials, what opinion do you have of her? Was Anne an agitator or someone with pure motives? Why could John Winthrop make no allowances for Anne and just let her lead her own life? Was John's behavior motivated by religion or male dominance?

Essay Topic 2

Bess had originally loved her cousin, Jack, at the beginning of the book yet she married his brother, Harry. Explain Bess' hesitancy to declare her true feelings for Jack when it could have made a difference. Why would Bess settle for Harry when she did not love him? Explain the impact of making important life decisions when a person is too immature or caught up in the excitement of a fleeting feeling. How would Bess' life had changed if she had voiced her love for Jack early in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the irony of Bess' boredom being married to a lively character like Harry Winthrop. How has the original excitement about Harry diminished? Does Harry even know how to be a good husband based on the father whose example he has had? Could the marriage between Bess and Harry be saved? What would it take to fix it?

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