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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Discovery of Kentucky.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the moral of the story about the lusty young man who fell overboard and was hauled back in?
(a) Tenacity and determination can save your life.
(b) It is good to have friends who can help you when you need it.
(c) It is important to pay attention so that you are not swept overboard.
(d) Faith and hope can see you through even tough times.

2. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?
(a) He accidentally kills her without knowing who she is.
(b) His men capture her and steal the crucifix back.
(c) He finds her later working as a slave.
(d) He finds her later under a bush with her hands cut off.

3. Why are the Puritans important, according to the narrator?
(a) They are among the earliest European settlers.
(b) They bring Christianity to the New World.
(c) They begin to form the national character.
(d) They find a way to survive in an inclement environment.

4. What is the overall tone of Williams' remarks about the Puritans?
(a) Wonder.
(b) Contempt.
(c) Admiration.
(d) Jealousy.

5. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?
(a) As a "race incapable of flower."
(b) As profane and lusty seamen.
(c) As malfeasant ghosts.
(d) As beloved friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Ponce de Leon die?

2. What does Columbus do when he thinks the ship might capsize?

3. What happens when Ponce de Leon and his men first land among the Caribs?

4. What is Williams trying to tell the reader about Columbus when he quotes details about how harrowing the storms at sea during Columbus' voyages were?

5. How do the Spanish justify killing so many peaceful islanders?

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