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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?