Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings


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How did Cotton Mather influence the Salem Witch Trials?

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1. Mather's book Pillars of Salt is an early example of what type of book?

2. How did Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana differ from the style of other Puritan writers of the day?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Cotton Mather was a 17th-century Puritan minister, famous for his writing and his involvement in the Salem Witch Trials. This quiz/worksheet combo will give you an overview of his life and will test you on his specific works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • How Cotton Mather influenced the Salem Witch Trials
  • What type of book Pillars of Salt is an example of
  • What Magnalia Christi Americana means and what purpose Mather had for writing it
  • Which writers were influenced by Magnalia Christi Americana

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Cotton Mather's role in the Salem Witch Trials and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Magnalia Christi Americana, such as why it was written and who it influenced
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the life and works of Cotton Mather

Additional Learning

To learn more about a 17th-century Puritan minister and writer, review the corresponding lesson titled Cotton Mather's Writings: Magnalia Christi Americana, Pillars of Salt & Other Writings. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discusses who Cotton Mather was
  • Defines the term ''spectral evidence''
  • Explores his role in the Salem Witch Trials
  • Examines his books Pillars of Salt and Magnalia Christi Americana
  • Offers insight into Mather's writing style and who he influenced