A narrative of the Captivity Your Study Guide

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A Narrative of the Captivity

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1. What is Mary Rowlandson’s main intention in writing this story?

2. Why is the Indian group that captures Rowlandson forced to keep moving?

  • They are being pursued by the English

  • Because of their religious practices

  • They need food

3. What is Rowlandson’s attitude toward her children?

  • She cares passionately about them and grieves about being apart from them.

  • She misses them but believes that it builds character to live separately.

  • She treats them as if they were adults capable of taking care of themselves.

4. From where does Rowlandson primarily draw her strength?

  • Her desire to avenge the death of her child.

  • Her belief in God’s ultimate purpose.

  • Her desire to return and tell her story to the Puritans.

5. What does Rowlandson exchange for food with several members of the tribe?

    • Washing clothes

    • Gathering firewood

    • Sewing and knitting

Chronological Order
6. Put these events in chronological order:

  1. Mary Rowlandson’s master leads her to her son.

  2. Mary Rowlandson’s child dies.

  3. Mary Rowlandson enters a wigwam.

  4. Mary Rowlandson helps carry an American Indian on a bier.

7. Put these events in chronological order:

  1. Mary Rowlandson is reunited with her daughter.

  2. Mary Rowlandson learns to eat bear meat.

  3. Mary Rowlandson cares for her sick baby.

  4. One of the American Indians gives Mary Rowlandson a Bible.

An allusion is a reference to someone or something

that is known from history, literature, religion, etc.
8. Which of the following is an allusion that Rowlandson uses in the narrative?

  • “…it was the night after the Sabbath before all the company was got over.”

  • “Whereupon I earnestly entreated the Lord [to] consider my low estate…”

  • “When thou passeth through the waters I will be with thee…”

9. What does Rowlandson use an allusion to the Biblical story of Jacob to describe?

  • Her trip along the river

  • Her grief after her child dies and her daughter Mary is not allowed to visit.

  • Her captor’s march from the English Army

Understanding History of the Captivity Story
For this section of the test you will need to read the box titled “Literature and History,” on pages forty-two and forty-three of your textbook.
10. What was the tragic side effect of the captivity stories?

  • More people were made to read who disliked reading.

  • There was no tragic side effect.

  • The relationship between American Indians and the colonists declined.

11. Why did Native Americans raid the colonists?

  • Indians were evil people who hated the good colonists.

  • Native Americans wanted to take the land away from the colonists.

  • Native Americans were fighting back because of the wrongs that were done to them by the colonists.

12. From what point of view are the captivity stories usually told?

  • Third person (he, she, or they)

  • Second person (you)

  • First person (I)

13. Typically, what is NOT part of the outline of the seventeenth century captivity story?

14. Which is NOT a definition of propaganda?

  • An honest mistake

  • Ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage another’s cause

  • The spreading of ideas, information, or rumor, for the purpose of injuring an institution, a cause, or a person

15. What are penny dreadfuls?

  • An old-fashioned, inexpensive novel

  • Candy that tasted awful and cost only a penny

  • A popular term for cheap magazines with tales of horror and crime

16. Mary Rowlandson uses biblical allusion. What is allusion?

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