from Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford (text page 71) “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet (text page 90) “Huswifery” by Edward Taylor (text page 92) Selection Test - On your answer sheet, write the letter of the one best answer. 1. The speaker of “To My Dear and Loving Husband” addresses a. her husband. b. herself. c. the Puritan leadership council. d. the Lord. 2. The central idea of “To My Dear and Loving Husband” is that a. other women cannot possibly be as happy as the speaker. b. the speaker loves her husband more than she loves God. c. heaven will repay the speaker’s loving husband with eternal life. d. the love the speaker shares with her husband is deep and lasting. 3. Since his love is too great for her to repay, the speaker wishes that a. her husband acquire mines of gold. b. her husband experience the riches of the East. c. the heavens reward her husband. d. she could learn to love her husband as much as he loves her. 4. What chief emotions does the speaker in Bradstreet’s poem express? a. respect and admiration for her husband b. concern and anxiety about the permanence of her marriage c. love for and happiness with her husband d. fear of death 5. The lines “If ever two were one, then surely we./If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee” illustrate the Puritan Plain Style because they a. rhyme. b. make references to everyday objects. c. use simple, common words. d. focus on the love between a man and a woman. 6. Which statement below is the best paraphrase of the following lines? If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. a. If ever a wife brought happiness to her man, then I do. b. Compared to all other wives, I am the best. c. If another woman were married to my husband, she would not be as happy. d. No woman could be happier with her husband than I am. 7. The speaker in “Huswifery” addresses a. a housewife. b. housework. c. a spinning wheel, a loom, and the fabric produced on them. d. the Lord. 750) 8. Around what task or tasks does “Huswifery” center? a. spinning and weaving b. getting dressed c. all the tasks of housekeeping d. dyeing cloth 9. The central idea of “Huswifery” expresses the speaker’s desire to a. become godlike. b. have beautiful clothes. c. receive God’s grace. d. find a heavenly reward here on earth. 10. In “Huswifery,” what is Taylor’s most likely reason for using vivid and elaborate images not typical of the Puritan Plain Style? a. He wants his poetry to reflect his elegant lifestyle. b. He wants his words to shine with God’s glory. c. He believes that poets should dazzle their audiences. d. He wants to be different from other writers of his time and place. 11. In his first stanza, Taylor develops his elaborate metaphor by a. creating an image of God as an eternal spool of thread. b. comparing parts of his being with parts of a spinning wheel. c. addressing his spinning wheel as if it could supply him with God’s glory. d. drawing parallels between God and a spinning wheel. 12. When the speaker says “Then clothe therewith mine understanding, will,/ Affections, judgment, conscience, memory / My words, and actions,” he is a. asking God to guide his thoughts, words, and deeds. b. requesting that God hide him from the rest of the world. c. confessing that he does not always follow God’s rules. d. reminding God that he needs help understanding his own faith. 13. What does the apparel at the end of “Huswifery” stand for? a. the poet’s soul b. Paradise c. the poet’s body d. God’s grace 14. To paraphrase either poem, which would you do first? a. Rewrite the poem in your own words. b. Read the information in the footnotes. c. Find the subject of each sentence. d. Analyze the metaphors in the poem. 15. Which of these details is the best example of the references to everyday objects typical of the Puritan Plain Style? a. the whole mines of gold “To My Dear and Loving Husband” b. the riches of the East in “To My Dear and Loving Husband” c. the Lord’s ordinances in “Huswifery” d. the spinning wheel in “Huswifery” 16. In the selection from Of Plymouth Plantation, to what does the subheading “The Starving Time” refer? a. the period the Pilgrims spent in Holland before journeying to America b. the Pilgrims’ transatlantic crossing c. the days spent sailing from Cape Cod to Hudson’s River, seeking a landing site d. the Pilgrim’s first winter in the New World, especially January and February 17. In calling Squanto “a special instrument sent of God,” Bradford demonstrates his personal conviction that a. Squanto will become a convert to Christianity. b. the Pilgrims would have survived without Squanto. c. it is important to forgive one’s enemies. d. the Pilgrims had God on their side. 18. In Bradford’s account, the settlers’ attitude toward the Native Americans changes from a. respectful to disparaging. c. indifferent to cautious. b. friendly to antagonistic. d. suspicious to appreciative. 19. The incidents Bradford describes are most strongly connected with Americans’ celebration of a. Labor Day. c. Christmas Day. b. Thanksgiving Day. d. Independence Day (July 4th). 20. Which of the following were Bradford’s chief purposes in writing Of Plymouth Plantation? I. to record the Pilgrims’ experiences in the New World II. to encourage other Europeans to come to the New World III. to express faith in the workings of Divine Providence IV. to publish an interesting account and raise money for the Pilgrims a. I and II c. I and III b. II and III d. I, III, and IV Essay – On your answer sheet, write a short essay of one well-developed paragraph (5-8 sentences) in response to the following item. The attitudes and beliefs of the Puritans are reflected in both the form and content of their writings. Write an essay in which you discuss the ways in which Puritan ideas are expressed in “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” “Huswifery,” and “Of Plymouth Plantation.” Citing details, explore not only the content of each piece, but also its form and the style in which they are written.