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"Mythconceptions" Quiz

Record your answers for the fifteen questions in the online quiz. After answering the questions, check and see how well you did.

For any incorrectly answered questions, record the correct answer -- and the reason why your answer was incorrect.

1) The first European colony in the New World was in what is now the state of Virginia, and it was founded by the English.

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2) The English colonists of the 1620s and 1630s usually wore black and white clothing. Men decorated their clothing, shoes, and hats with large buckles.

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3) All English colonists in the seventeenth century came to the New World seeking religious freedom.

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4) The "Pilgrims" founded the first colony in the area now known as "New England."

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5) The "Pilgrims" were "Puritans" who were seeking to "purify" the Church of England.

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6) An "Indian princess" named Pocahontas rescued early colonist Captain John Smith from certain death, and later fell in love with him.

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7) Early English colonists lived in log cabins.

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8) After traveling over 2,700 miles from England to the New World, the "Pilgrims" first came ashore on Plymouth Rock and established their permanent colony.

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9) Early colonists celebrated the first Thanksgiving in November 1621, and it has been an annual holiday in North America ever since, except during the years of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

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10) The weapon of choice for English colonists during the 1620s was a gun called a blunderbuss, which featured a thick and bell-shaped barrel.

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11) Early English colonists developed strict laws and harsh punishments for those who broke them.

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12) Early English colonists viewed alcohol and tobacco as instruments of the devil and banned them from the colonies.

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13) Colonists in New England were friends with Indians and did not fight them, as settlers did later in the American West.

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14) Enslaved Africans arrived in Colonial America before the Mayflower did.

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15) Early English colonists such as the Pilgrims introduced Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter to North America.

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