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. Why do Bess and Daniel Patrick go to New Amsterdam?

2. What does Bess learn about her son-in-law?

3. What does Telaka tell Bess that Telaka's father, Mianos, has done?

4. What does Chief Keofferam, Telaka's brother, do to impress Bess?

5. When Daniel and Toby return, what do they bring with them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Bess' life change dramatically for Bess in Chapter 16?

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

5. Why are Bess and her family saved during an Indian attack on their home?

6. What occurs in Chapter 18 which is a mixed blessing for Bess?

7. What are some of the underlying reasons for the witchcraft hysteria running rampant in the colony?

8. How does Bess meet up again with Will Hallet?

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

10. What would make the villagers accuse Bess of being a witch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the purpose of Bess' punishment by her Uncle John. Should the intolerance for anything outside the Puritan religion be extended to the children? Does Uncle John succeed in teaching Bess the lesson he had hoped to or does she take away something completely counter to his purpose? Explain the use of humiliation as a form of punishment and whether or not it accomplishes anything other than inciting hatred toward the one administering the punishment.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the feelings the Winthrop family must have experienced when they hear reports that people in the New World want to return to England? Do you think they voiced their concerns to John Winthrop? To each other? What trepidation must each one of them experienced? How was Bess' experience different from Margaret's? What would have happened to them if they had refused to board the ship?

Essay Topic 3

Explain John Winthrop's position regarding the deaths of Daniel Patrick and Anne Hutchinson. Is it ironic that such a religious man could validate the deaths of these two people? What is his reasoning behind his position? Do you think that instills fear or comfort in the others in the colony?

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