GED Social Studies : Mayflower Compact

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Historic Documents And Court Decisions

The pilgrims who signed the Mayflower Compact travelled to America to __________

Possible Answers:

colonize the continent of America for the British crown.

establish a military base in the war between England and France.

flee religious persecution in Europe.

make their fortune and achieve economic autonomy.

establish a free and fully democratic society.

Correct answer:

flee religious persecution in Europe.


The pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts from Europe were fleeing religious persecution in England under King James I. They signed the Mayflower Compact which essentially stated they were an autonomous and self-governing people.

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