Orphan who moves from Barbados to Connecticut with 7 trunks of clothes
Son and First Mate of the captain of “The Dolphin”
Captain of “The Dolphin” and father of the First Mate
Stern, hard-working, Puritan uncle
Lovely, kind sister of Kit’s mother who married a Puritan and move to America
Main character’s youngest cousin who is beautiful and used to attention
Main character’s oldest cousin who is physically disabled but bright and caring
Young man studying to be a minister who takes the Bible and religion very seriously
Gruff, bossy mother of young girl; doesn’t like the main character
Thin, shy girl who drops her doll in the water by accident.
What causes the people on the boat to dislike and mistrust Kit?
She jumps off the boat into the cold water to swim for a little girl’s doll.
What causes Captain Eaton to become angry at Kit?
She has not told her aunt’s family that she was coming.
What surprises Aunt Rachel and Uncle Matthew even more than Kit’s visit?
She has come to America not just to visit, but to stay.
Why did Kit leave Barbados?
Her grandfather died and she had to sell everything to pay off his debts. (We also learn later that she was being pressured to marry an older friend of her father’s whom she didn’t love.)
How did Kit view slavery before she came to America?
She didn’t realize that it was wrong. She was used to it on the plantation.
What does Nat tell Kit about slavery that teaches her something new?
He tells her how slaves were brought to America in chains on ships.
What surprises John Holbrook about Kit’s reading?
He is surprised that she has read plays and other non-Biblical works. The Puritans consider plays sinful.
What does Nat’s warning relate to when he says, “the guilty ones stay afloat”?
Puritans believed that if someone could swim, they might be a witch. (This is foreshadowing.)
How does Kit feel about America when she first sees it?
She is disappointed because it is not as pretty as the island she grew up on.
How does Prudence get fed at mealtime?
She has to wait for her parents to give her a few morsels of food.
Whose reaction does Judith wonder about when they see her in the new clothes?
William’s – because, we realize, William was interested in Judith romantically.
Because the girls are so busy trying on their new clothes, what is left undone?
How does Matthew react to the new clothes?
He thinks they’re inappropriate/ shocking.
What is Kit surprised to learn about the Woods’ servants?
That they don’t have any. They do all their own chores in the Colonies.
How well does Kit do when she tries to help with the chores?
She struggles, as she is not used to manual labor.
Which sister tends to be more patient with Kit, and which is more impatient?
Mercy is more patient, while Judith is less patient.
What meal does Kit try to make, and what happens to it?
Cornmeal pudding, and it turns out lumpy and unpleasant.
Where does Kit sleep on her first night in Wethersfield?
She must share a bed with Judith, who isn’t very happy about it.
What hurtful comment does Judith make about Kit when she thinks Kit isn’t listening?
She wishes Kit were a boy, so she could help out more.
What warning does Matthew give Kit about living with them?
She must abide by their customs.
What day is prayer meeting held?
Who is the only member of the Wood family not expected to attend prayer meeting?
Mercy, because of her disability. She walks with a cane and moves slowly.
How does Kit feel about having to go to prayer meeting?
She does not want to go.
Who comes to Kit’s defense and lets her wear her fancy dress until they can make her a simpler one?
Until moving to the Colonies, what role has religion played in Kit’s life?
It has not played a very important role. Her grandfather did not go to church or pray much, so neither did she.
What is Kit’s impression of her first prayer meeting?
She sees it as dull and boring, and can’t believe she has to go back.
What familiar person does Kit meet again at the Meeting House, and what is he doing there?
John Holbroook. He is with Dr. Bulkeley, the reverend who is also his tutor.
Whom does Kit seem to have made quite an impression on when she is introduced to him after the prayer meeting?
After service, Dr. Bulkeley and who else are invited to the Woods’ for dinner?
What opinion does Dr. Bulkeley mention that upsets Matthew and is clearly a touchy subject in Wethersfield?
Dr. Bulkeley believes that Massachusetts should obey King James and support the new governor. Matthew believes that Connecticut should get to make its own rules and not support the king.
Who has been named by England as governor of the colonies?
What state is taking longer to accept a governor appointed by the monarchy?
Connecticut (the state Wethersfield is in)
How does Kit feel when the reverend says a prayer for Mercy “in her affliction”?
Annoyed, since Mercy is the staying force and comforter of the family.
What do we learn that William has asked Matthew to do?
To court (date) Kit
When Judith learns that William is no longer available, what does she announce that she will do?
Judith announces that she plans to marry John Holbrook.
Who is the monarch of England at the time Kit moves to the colonies?
When William first comes to court Kit, what do they do?
They sit quietly beside each other. Neither can think of what to say.
What does William mention that he plans to start building?
His new house.
Why is it an honor for William to become a Viewer of Fences?
It will allow him to help the people gain more land and reduce some of the king’s power.
Who in Wethersfield hands out land grants?
In Chapter 7, who comes and interrupts William’s time with Kit?
Which king gave the charter to the colonists?
What does William think about the new governor of the Colonies appointed by the king?
In Chapter 7, what do Mercy and Judith explain to Kit about William’s plans?
They explain that he’s been waiting to build a house until he decided whom he was going to marry. Announcing that he’s ready to start his house is a big hint that he wants to marry Kit.
What are 2 sentiments (strong feelings) deeply ingrained (strongly woven) in the Colonies?
The Colonists believe strongly in independence and freedom of religion.
What does Matthew think about the Assembly’s land concessions?
He thinks they’re a good idea because they will give more land to the people and less to the King.
What do Rachel and Mercy make for Kit?
A plain calico dress
What do Kit and Judith go out to the meadow, and how does Kit feel about it?
To weed the onions; Kit thinks it is difficult.
What does Kit think of the fields of the Great Meadow?
She sees them as beautiful.
Why does no one live in the Great Meadow?
It floods every year.
How does Judith describe Hannah Tupper?
Where does Hannah Tupper live?
At the edge of the Great Meadow, next to the swamp
What keeps Matthew Wood from having a larger plot in the meadow?
He has no one (no sons) to help him tend it.
What news from the town selectmen does Mercy have for Kit when she returns from the Great Meadow?
Kit has been invited to help Mercy teach in the dame school.
Where is the school where Mercy teaches the young children?
See Chapter 8.
What happened to Rachel’s first son?
See end of Chapter 8.
How many young children are in Mercy and Kit’s class?
See Chapter 9
How does Kit feel about teaching the young children?
She enjoys it.
What does Kit usually do at the end of each class?
She tells the children a Bible story.
What story does Kit decide to have the students act out, and why is this a mistake?
The Good Samaritan. It’s a mistake because the boys get into it too much and start rough-housing. Also because Puritans believe it’s wrong to act out anything, including the Bible.
What do the schoolmaster and reverend do when they come into the class and see the children play-acting?
They fire Kit and Mercy on the spot.
What does Hannah do when she sees Kit crying?
See Chapter 9
What about Hannah’s physical appearance frightens Kit?
Not only is she an old lady with grey hair, but she has an ugly scar on her forehead.
Hannah is kind to Kit. How does she show Kit kindness?
She speaks to her kindly, listens to her problem, invites her into her home, and feeds her what is probably her own dinner.
Where did Hannah and her husband live before Wethersfield? Why did they come to Wethersfield?
They lived in Massachusetts. They were branded and kicked out for being Quakers. They walked to Wethersfield and stayed because people left them alone.
Why are Hannah and her husband not allowed to stay closer in town in Wethersfield?
Because they are not Puritans.
What was the name of Hannah’s husband?
What decision does Mr. Kimberley make about closing the school?
He decides to keep it open and give Kit and Mercy another chance.
How does Rachel respond when she hears about Kit spending time with Hannah Tupper?
See Chapter 10.
What do the Puritans consider the Quakers?
Trouble-makers and heretics
What does Hannah do to earn money to pay for taxes and fines?
She spins flax thread.
Who surprisingly arrives at Hannah Tupper’s while Kit is visiting?
Nat – he turns out to be her “seagoing friend” that Kit thought was a boyfriend.
What does Kit learn about how Nat met Hannah?
She learns that Nat met Hannah when he was also crying alone in the meadow – when he was 8 and had to stay home with his grandmother to go to school, instead of going on his father’s ship.
In the summer, what little anonymous gift has Kit been receiving, and whom does it turn out to be from?
Why does Prudence’s mother not send her to school?
Where does Prudence meet with Kit to learn to read, and where do they hide the hornbook?
How do Prudence and Hannah respond to each other?
What does Kit notice as John Holbrook is reading aloud in the Woods’ house?
What does Kit find Nat doing when she arrives to Hannah’s in Chapter 12?
What does Kit confess to Nat?
What author does Kit discover that Nat enjoys reading?
What does Nat insist on doing after dinner at Hannah’s?
How does Matthew react when he learns that Kit has been visiting Hannah?
When do the settlers get together to husk the corn? Why do the young people look forward to it?
How does John react when he learns that Kit has been visiting Hannah?
Whom does John share with Kit he is in love with?
Why do neither Mercy nor John interrupt when Judith and her parents misinterpret his marriage proposal?
Mercy loves Judith and does not want to hurt her. John knows this and is kind to her for Mercy’s sake.
What does Judith announce as they are working to husk corn?
What is Kit’s response when William proposes marriage?
How old are both Kit and Judith?
Both girls are 16 years old – and this is considered old enough to be married in the 1600’s.
How much time has passed since the story began? Think about what time of year it was when Kit arrived, and what time of year it is now.
About 6 months have passed, since Kit arrived in the spring, and now it is autumn.
What does Kit realize one day as she watches her uncle gazing at his land?
What about autumn enchants Kit?
When the Dolphin is back in port, what does Nat bring back for Hannah?
What cargo is Nat’s ship carrying in Chapter 14, and why does this upset him? (What rumor has he heard related to his cargo?)
How does Nat speak to Kit when the Dolphin returns to Wethersfield?
Who is governor of the Connecticut Colony by Chapter 15?
Who can we infer has hidden the charter from the new governor?
What does the act of hiding the charter mean to the king?
Now that there is a new governor in Connecticut, what will increase?
What are those individuals called who are against the rule of the king in the colonies?
In response to the new governor, what are some of the colonists calling for?
What do some rowdy sailors put in the windows of the house William is building?
What happens to the young sailors when they are caught in town?
What does Kit confide to Hannah when she brings her Nat’s gift?
What are the 3 penalties that the sailors must endure as a punishment for their mischief?
What changes in Prudence does the reader see in Chapter 16?
Bonus: What foreshadowing does the author give about Kit’s visit to see Hannah and Prudence in Chapter 16?
When Kit arrives at her aunt’s house, what disturbing news does she hear about John Holbrook?
Not long after John’s departure, what happens to Judith?
Who comes to the Woods’ house to help with Mercy in Chapter 17?
Why do the townspeople come to Matthew’s door saying they are going to get Hannah?
Why does Hannah not want to leave her home at first even though Kit tells her of the angry crowd?
When Matthew initially hears of the townspeople trying to go after Hannah, how does he respond?
Where does Nat decide to take Hannah to keep her safe?
Who leads the party that comes to arrest Kit?
What animal do the townspeople think Hannah has turned herself into in order to escape?
Why do the townspeople want to arrest Kit?
What “proof” about Kit is found at Hannah’s house?
Where do they lock Kit once she is arrested?
Who comes to visit Kit when she is locked away as a prisoner? (And who doesn’t come at all?)
What crimes is Kit charged with at her trial?
What is the punishment for all of Kit’s so-called crimes?
Who stands up for Kit in court?
What does Prudence come to the courtroom to do?
How does Goodman Cruff respond when his daughter reads from the Bible in the courtroom?
How does Kit’s trial end?
What does William’s response to Kit’s trial make her realize?
How does the first snowfall of winter affect Kit?
Who comes into town with reports from the militia?
Who is there to comfort Judith when there is no news of John Holbrook’s fate?
With the coming of winter, what is Kit’s emotional state?
Who is the thin, bedraggled man who suddenly shows up at the Woods’ door one winter night?
What joyous event is happening for the Wood family in April?
What is Kit planning on selling to finance her departure from Wethersfield?
While out in the meadow one spring day in Chapter 21, what does Kit realize?
In what month does a new ketch (small ship) come into dock at Wethersfield?
What is the name of Nat’s new boat?
What is Nat relieved to discover when he returns to Wethersfield?