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Colonial New England

Colonial New England

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching Colonial New EnglandTeacher Pass

Teaching Colonial New England Teacher Pass includes:

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • Were the problems that beset New England during the eighteenth century predictable? Why or why not?
    • Could they have been prevented? Explain.
    • In general, what sort of life expectancy do religiously-based communities seem to have? Try to think of a wide range of examples and compare the differences between communities that have lasted (the Amish) and those that have not (the Puritans).
    • What made the Puritan experiment particularly susceptible to erosion from within?