The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies


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1. Why did many of the Puritans come to be in New England?

2. Which of the following statements was true of Rhode Island, based on what you have learned?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Each region of the country is unique, settled by different groups of people who helped form the culture and attitudes there. Use this interactive quiz and worksheet to focus in on the groups and individuals that settled New England and influenced the character of this region of the country.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Characteristics in common among New England colonies
  • Information about the character of the settlers that influenced national history
  • Inference about a particular settlement and its roles
  • Noteworthy settlers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information about the groups and individuals who settled in New England
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about particular colonies and significant colonists
  • Knowledge application -use your knowledge to answer questions about how the character of New England settlers had an impact on national history

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson, The Puritans and the Founding of the New England Colonies. The objectives addressed include:

  • Define Puritans
  • Differentiate between Puritans and Pilgrims
  • Understand key events that led up to the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Know details about Governor John Winthrop and his role in the founding of the colony
  • Understand how Roger Williams' personal philosophy and ideals shaped Rhode Island colony
  • Know Anne Hutchinson's story
  • Analyze events involved in the expansion of the colonies
  • Recognize connections between the individuals and groups that founded New England colonies and New England's subsequent role in American history