1. Relate the Promised Land myth to the biblical Exodus narrative. What kind of correspondences did the Pilgrims and Puritans construct?
2. Discuss William Bradford and John Winthrop as religious leaders in the context of Promised Land mythmaking.
3. Compare the myth of the Promised Land to the myth that has been constructed around Jamestown and Pocahontas. Can you establish similarities and differences between them?
4. Discuss the presence/absence of Native Americans with regard to the myth of the Promised Land.
5. In what way did African Americans appropriate the Promised Land myth? Give examples from the text and from other sources.
6. Discuss Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road (1957) as a modern pilgrimage. How does the text make use of the myth of the Promised Land? And how is the myth connected to the genre of the road-narrative/movie in more general terms?
7. Discuss the role of Thanksgiving in the American calendar as a cultural practice of commemoration and the role of Plymouth Rock as a tourist destination.
8. Analyze how selected texts of American popular culture (e.g. lyrics of pop songs such as those mentioned in the text) use the Promised Land rhetoric.
9. Explain the phrase ‘messy beginnings.’ What kind of vision of early American history does it entail?
10. What are (or could be) the transnational implications of the Promised Land myth?