Primary Source: The Mayflower Compact


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Why would the Pilgrims call King James their 'dread' sovereign yet speak about him in respect?

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1. Why would the Pilgrims have referred to the Massachusetts area as the northern parts of Virginia?

2. Which of the following descriptions in the document indicates the prevalence of English trade in North America?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can quiz your knowledge of the Mayflower Compact by answering this multiple-choice assessment. Topics include the reason Pilgrims called King James their 'dread' sovereign and why Pilgrims called the Massachusetts area the northern part of Virginia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See what you know about:

  • How prevalent English trade was in North America
  • Why all the people who signed the Mayflower Compact were men
  • The major importance of the document in American history

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on the Mayflower Compact, including the reason it was only men who signed the document
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason the Mayflower Compact was an important aspect of history in America
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions on why the Pilgrims considered the Massachusetts area to be a part of northern Virginia and why Pilgrims called King James their 'dread' sovereign, even though he was respected

Additional Learning

You can learn more about this important document in America's history with the accompanying lesson, Primary Source: The Mayflower Compact. These topics will be discussed:

  • Religious disputes in England that caused people to sail across the Atlantic
  • Danger of the long journey to North America
  • Principles laid out in the Mayflower Compact in 1620