In the American Grain Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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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. Why does Columbus count fewer leagues than he knows he has traveled?
(a) He is trying to check his navigational instruments to be sure that they are working properly.
(b) He is trying to trick the King and Queen by giving them false information in his letters.
(c) He is trying to test a new system of measurement to see which is most accurate.
(d) He is trying to reassure the crew that they have not traveled as far without seeing land as they think they have.

2. Why is Ponce de Leon free to go exploring in Florida?
(a) He is not free to go, but goes anyway.
(b) He has already accomplished all that he came for.
(c) He is independently wealthy and can do as he pleases.
(d) He has been relieved of his job as Governor.

3. What pet is Ponce de Leon especially attached to?
(a) A bird.
(b) A snake.
(c) A cat.
(d) A dog.

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?
(a) Columbus' courage.
(b) Columbus' literary skill.
(c) Columbus' good judgment.
(d) Columbus' foolhardiness.

5. What characteristic does Boone have to have in order to live the kind of life that he lived?
(a) Drive to develop land for investment purposes.
(b) Desire to earn money.
(c) An appreciation for solitude.
(d) Lack of concern for his own safety.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Columbus on his return from his second voyage?

2. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?

3. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?

4. What is Columbus' point when he makes the following statement: "I was twenty-eight years old when I came into your Highnesses' service, and now I have not a hair upon me that is not gray; my body is infirm..."

5. Why do Ponce de Leon and his men travel north?

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