Pocahontas Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Fun Pocahontas trivia quiz questions with answers

 

Pocahontas Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

Who was Pocahontas?
A: Pocahontas was a Native American woman notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

During Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, Pocahontas was captured and held for ransom by whom?
A: The English.

During her captivity, she converted to what?
A: Christianity and took the name Rebecca.

When the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to do what?
A: Remain with the English.

In April 1614, at the age of 17, who did she marry?
A: Tobacco planter John Rolfe.

What happened in January 1615?
A: She bore their son, Thomas Rolfe.

In 1616, the Rolfe’s traveled to where?
A: London.

 
Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of what?
A: The "civilized savage" in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement.

In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for where?
A: Virginia.

Pocahontas died at Gravesend of unknown causes at what age?
A: Aged 20 or 21.

Where was she buried?
A: In St George's Church, Gravesend in England.

Pocahontas's birth year is unknown, but some historians estimate it to have been around what year?
A: 1596.

In A True Relation of Virginia (1608), Smith described the Pocahontas he met in the spring of 1608 as a what?
A: A child of ten years old.

In a 1616 letter, he again described her as she was in 1608, but this time as what?
A: A child of twelve or thirteen years of age.

 
Pocahontas was the daughter of whom?
A: Chief Powhatan.

Chief Powhatan was, paramount chief of what?
A: Tsenacommacah, an alliance of about 30 Algonquian-speaking groups and petty chiefdoms in Tidewater, Virginia.

In the traditional histories of the Powhatan, how did Pocahontas's mother die?
A: In childbirth.

She would have learned how to do what?
A: What was considered women's work: foraging for food and firewood, farming, and searching for the plant materials used in building thatched houses

As she grew older, she would have helped other members of Powhatan's household with what?
A: Preparations for large feasts.

Serving feasts, such as the one presented to John Smith after his capture, was a regular obligation for whom?
A: The Mamanatowick, or paramount chief.

At the time Pocahontas was born, it was common for Powhatan Native Americans to be given several what?
A: Personal names, have more than one name at the same time, have secret names that only a select few knew, and to change their names on important occasions.

 
Bestowed at different times, the names carried what?
A: Different meanings and might be used in different contexts

Early in her life, she was given what secret name?
A: Matoaka, but later she was also known as Amonute.

What does Matoaka mean?
A: Bright Stream Between the Hills.

According to the colonist William Strachey, "Pocahontas" was what?
A: A childhood nickname that probably referred to her frolicsome nature; it meant "little wanton".

Some interpret the meaning as what?
A: "playful one".

Pocahontas is most famously linked to what English colonist?
A: Captain John Smith.

In 1616, Smith wrote a letter to Queen Anne in anticipation of what?
A: Pocahontas's visit to England.

 
Early histories did establish that Pocahontas did what?
A: Befriended Smith and the Jamestown colony.

Pocahontas often went to the settlement and did what?
A: Played games with the boys there.

In late 1609, an injury from a gunpowder explosion forced Smith to do what?
A: Return to England for medical care.

What did the English tell the Powhatans?
A: That Smith was dead.

Pocahontas believed that account and hence stopped doing what?
A: Visiting Jamestown.

During her stay in Henricus, Pocahontas met whom?
A: John Rolfe.

Much later, she learned that he was living in England when she what?
A: Traveled there with her husband, John Rolfe.

 
When did Rolfe's English-born wife, Sarah Hacker, and child, Bermuda Rolfe die?
A: On the way to Virginia after the wreck of the ship "Sea Venture" on the Summer Isles.

Rolfe established a Virginia plantation, Varina Farms, where he successfully what?
A: Cultivated a new strain of tobacco.

He was a pious man and agonized over the potential moral repercussions of what?
A: Marrying a heathen.

Pocahontas had by this time done what?
A: Accepted the Anglican faith and taken the baptismal name Rebecca.

In a long letter to the governor requesting permission to wed her, he expressed his love for Pocahontas and his belief that he would be doing what?
A: Saving her soul.

They were married on April 5, 1614, by Chaplain Richard Buck, probably where?
A: At Jamestown.

Where did they live for two years?
A: At Varina Farms, across the James River from Henricus.