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 complications does Bess experience with the birth of her child?

2. What happens when Will attempts to get approval from the new governor, Stuyvesant, to marry Bess?

3. What happiness does Bess have in her life now?

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

5. What happens to all of Bess' assets?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What surprising statement does the harsh John Winthrop make just prior to his death?

3. What is the final symbolic representation of Bess' marriage to Robert?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the claims by other countries affect Bess personally?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Telaka exhibit such loyalty toward Bess? Telaka had several reasons for betraying Bess and her family yet she does not. Explain her motives. Do you find it ironic that the "savage" Telaka exhibits more kindness and loyalty to Bess than does her own uncle, "the civilized" John Winthrop? Explain why Bess finds her ultimate peace and serenity in the company of Telaka and not from any sermon of John Winthrop's.

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

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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