Exam Date:  10/14

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Good luck on the exam!


Reminder:    The exam is closed note & closed book.  I would encourage people to write out their essay answers as you study in the days before the

                   exam, however, no notes will be allowed during the exam itself.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Good luck!

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Key Terms
Colonizing Impulse & Southern Colonies
  • Origins
    • Bering Land Bridge
  • Pacific Northwest Coast
    • Economy
      • Salmon & Cedar
      • Longhouse
    • Society
  • Eastern Great Lakes
    • Iroquois
      • Confederacy/Politics
        • Hiawatha
      • Society/women
      • Longhouse
  • New England
    • North vs. South
    • Tipi
    • Wigwam
  • European Contact
    • Horse
    • Disease
      • Virgin Soil Epidemics


  • European Exploration
    • Why?
    • Spain's Spark
      • Columbus
      • Cortez
    • France
      • Cartier
      • Samuel de Champlain
  • Roanoke (1580s)
    • Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Jamestown, VA (1600-1700)
    • Problems
      • John Smith
      • Powhatan
      • Pocahontas
    • Economic Boom
      • Tobacco
      • Indentured Servants
    • Society & Family
      • Community Life & Layout
      • Death rates & family
    • Tension
      • Bacon's Rebellion (1676)
    • Toward Slavery

Key Terms
New England Colonies


South Carolina & Slavery


  • Why Colonize?
  • Plymouth (1620)
    • Pilgrims vs. Puritans
  • Massachusetts Bay
    • Founding (1630)
      • Squanto
      • Massasoit
      • John Winthrop
    • Dissenters
      • Roger Williams
      • Anne Hutchinson
    • Witches
      • Salem Witch Trials
    • New England Society
      • Community Life & Layout
      • Family Roles


  • Labor
    • Why Slaves?
    • Rice
    • Malaria/Yellow Fever
    • Black Majority
  • Slave Trade
    • Middle Passage
  • "Uneven Negotiations"
    • Task System
    • African Heritage
      • Gullah
  • White's Fears
    • Slave Resistance
    • Stono Rebellion
    • Jemmy



Time Periods
Rough Time Period
Estimated time the Iroquois Confederacy began 1450
Attempted settlement of Roanoke colony 1580s
Jamestown, VA settled 1600-1610
Pilgrims Land at Plymouth 1620s
Massachusetts Bay Colony settled 1630s
Bacon's Rebellion 1670s
Salem Witch Trials 1690s
Stono Rebellion  1730s




ONE of the following essay questions will appear on the exam. It will be worth 60 points and it will be chosen at random the day of the exam. The answer must be well organized and well written. Make sure to include information from lectures, readings, discussions, and other sources discussed in class. The exam will also consist of a matching and an "identifying the decade" portion.  The "identifying the decade portion" will ask you determine the decade during which a particular event has taken place.  If you are sick or cannot take the exam on this date, call me the day before, or the day of the test to let me know why you have to miss it in order to be able to take a make-up test. Make sure to bring a blue book and a blue or black ink pen.

  1. Assume you are a member of the Iroquois Confederacy on the eve of European contact. Describe your life-style and culture. What was the Confederacy? How was it created? How does your life compare/contrast to Indians living along the Pacific Northwest Coast? (If you are uncomfortable "assuming an identity" you may simply answer the question by comparing and contrasting life for the Iroquois and Indians living in the Pacific Northwest.)
  2. Write an essay that describes the early history of colonial Virginia during the 17th Century.  The essay should focus on the following areas:  Why did colonists move there?  How did that influence their communities?  How successful were the early settlements?  What was family life like?  In what ways did they try to solve their problem of a labor shortage?  How did this lead to conflict in the colony and what were the results?
  3. Write an essay that describes life in the English colonies of New England during the 17th Century.  The essay should focus on the following areas: Why did colonists move there?  How did that influence New England communities?  What was family life like?  How did New Englanders deal with dissenters?  Why did they deal so harshly with dissenters?
  4. Write an essay that describes the evolution of slavery and conditions faced by slaves in colonial South Carolina. (Hint: the essay should focus on the following areas.  Why did slavery develop in South Carolina? What was life like for slaves on their trip to the "New World?" How were slaves able to hold on to their African heritage while living so far from their homeland? What were some examples of subtle, and not so subtle, slave resistance in South Carolina?).

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