The Silencing of Mary Dyer

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“The Silencing of Mary Dyer”

Close Reading/Discussion Questions

Honor Code Level 2

    • Everyone answers questions 1-3

    • Choose 2 of the next 3 questions to answer (4, 5, 6)

      • OR 10+ choose 2 of the last 3 questions to answer (7, 8, 9)

Required Questions

  1. a. Define tolerance in your own words.

b. What are some examples of tolerance in our modern society?

c. What role does tolerance have in solving problems between people who are different?

  1. On the first page the author says, “Her faith came first-even if it meant her death.”

Is there anything you feel that strongly about? Explain why or why not.

  1. How were women treated in this early colonial society? Why?

Choice Questions (2 out of 3)

  1. (choice) Describe how the Quakers undermine the authority of the Puritans?

  1. (choice) How would you describe Mary Dyer? Is she a hero?

  1. (choice) What are some of the differences between the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Rhode Island? (Use a t-chart or venn diagram or other graphic organizer if you want).

10+ Choice Questions (2 out of 3)

  1. (10+ choice) a. Describe the methods Mary Dyer and her husband, William, used to change the laws concerning religion.

b. How do their methods compare to how politicians use religion in their campaigns and platforms today? (venn diagram or graphic here is ok)

  1. (10+ choice) What implications does this article have on the issue of the separation of church and state?

  1. (10+ choice) Is there any irony in the actions of the Puritans? Explain.

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