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Monday, November 24, 2008

Thanksgiving Week Poll

You will notice near the upper right side of Dakota Voice that the poll-area this week contains a question instead of a poll.

While polls usually measure opinion rather than fact, this questionnaire seeks two specific answers because the Mayflower Compact is specific as to why the Pilgrims made their arduous voyage to the New World.

There are more than two reasons they made the voyage, and they also list more than two reasons in the Mayflower Compact, but you will only find two of the reasons listed in this questionnaire actually in the Mayflower Compact.

The poll/questionnaire reads:

According to the Mayflower Compact, what are two of the reasons the Pilgrims made their voyage?

- Religious freedom
- For the glory of God
- To start a theocracy
- To escape an oppressive king
- Advancement of the Christian faith

This is an "open book test," by the way. If you're not sure, please use the vast resource of knowledge that is the internet and look up the original text of the Mayflower Compact. This is not an attempt to trick, but an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate our heritage as Americans as we enter the Thanksgiving week.

Good luck and blessings to you as you take the poll/questionnaire!


2 comments:

Colin said...

Nailed it--w/o looking it up. Nice work on this and the posting of GW's T-day proclamation. You ever research into which President's gave proclamations, which did not, and why? Really interesting stuff.

Bob Ellis said...

Great, Colin! Glad you nailed it.

I noticed that even with an "open book test," some folks--while their answers are well intentioned and have some truth to them--are missing the mark. The key, as I believe you noticed, is "According to the Mayflower Compact."

I've read about many of the Thanksgiving proclamations, but not all. It is indeed interesting stuff.

 
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