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2.2 The New England Colonies

Quiz by Catherine Chesser

Grade 8
Social Studies (2018)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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  • Q1

    Which of the following best describes the geography of the New England Colonies?

    Vast deserts and dry climate

    Mountainous terrain and dense forests

    Flat plains and grasslands

    Coastal areas with many harbors

  • Q2

    Which of the following colonies was founded primarily for religious toleration

    New Hampshire

    Massachusetts Bay


    Rhode Island

  • Q3

    Which of the following best describes the economy of the New England Colonies?

    Mining and manufacturing-based economy

    Slavery-based economy with large tobacco plantations

    Fishing, shipbuilding, and trade-based economy

    Agriculture-based economy with large plantations

  • Q4

    How did the Mayflower Compact and the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut contribute to the development of democratic principles in the New England Colonies?

    They abolished slavery in the colonies.

    They guaranteed religious freedom for all colonists.

    They established a system of representative government.

    They created a social hierarchy based on wealth.

  • Q5

    Which of the following is NOT a reason why the New England Colonies relied heavily on harbors?

    The colonists wanted to establish trade routes with Europe.

    The colonists relied on fishing and shipbuilding for their economy.

    The colonists needed protection from Native American attacks.

    The geography of the region provided natural deep-water harbors.

  • Q6

    How did the difficult farming conditions in Colonial New England impact the economy?

    It had no significant impact on the economy

    It led to a booming agricultural industry

    It resulted in a surplus of food

    It forced people to rely more on trade and commerce

  • Q7

    Thomas Hooker's contributions to the development of colonial America can be best described as:

    Promoting democratic principles and the idea of limited government

    Establishing the first public school in America

    Writing the Declaration of Independence

    Advocating for religious tolerance and freedom of worship

  • Q8

     The Mayflower Compact was significant because it:

    Outlined the religious beliefs of the Puritans.

    Declared independence from England.

    Provided guidelines for trade and commerce in the colonies.

    Established a system of self-government for the Pilgrims.

  • Q9

    Which of the following best describes the main reason why the Pilgrims and the Puritans came to America?

    To find gold and other valuable resources

    To expand the British Empire

    To escape religious persecution

    To escape the harsh winters of Europe


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