Puritans in America: Beliefs, Religion & History


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Who were the Puritans?

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1. The Puritans were led by?

2. The Puritan migration was characterized by?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

The Puritans believed they had a covenant with God to form a new faith-based settlement guided by scripture and free from the constraints of the Church of England, which they felt was closely tied to the Catholic Church. This quiz/worksheet combo helps you trace the history of the Puritans and understand their aspirations and goals, as well as the challenges they faced in the new world.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • Factors about the Puritan migration and settlement
  • The Puritan view of the Church of England
  • Core beliefs of Puritan faith
  • Key figures in Puritan history
  • Challenges to Puritan beliefs

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the key events and factors that shaped Puritan history
  • Knowledge application- use your understanding of Puritan history in America to explain the gradual decline of the Puritan movement
  • Making connections - understand how Puritan views and beliefs set the stage for the Salem Witch trials
  • Critical thinking - use your understanding of Puritan drive for religious freedom and reform to examine the cases of Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams in a new light

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history of Puritans in America. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the role the Puritans played in the settlement of New England
  • Understand the significance of a city on a hill
  • Explain the Puritan belief in a predestined elect
  • Define the Halfway Covenant
  • Understand the factors that led to the decline of the Puritan movement