In the American Grain Multiple Choice Test Questions

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1. At the beginning of the Introduction, Horace Gregory quotes William Carlos Williams as saying "History, history! We fools, what do we know or care?" What does Gregory think Williams means by this?
(a) It is dangerous to get involved in history.
(b) History is full of lies.
(c) History matters only to fools.
(d) Most Americans know little of history.

2. Which statement shows that Gregory believes that most people revere history without understanding it?
(a) "In the reading and interpretation of history everything falls dead unless that reality is perceived."
(b) "There must be imagination at work to discern the fabulae of history."
(c) "The serious historian of the ancient world is careful never to forget his Homer."
(d) "History, like poetry, is an ancient trap laid for the credulous and narrow-minded."

3. What would Gregory be most likely to describe history as?
(a) A compendium of dates, data, and quotations.
(b) A tapestry of culture and stories.
(c) A science in its own right.
(d) A story written only by the winners.

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