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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Destruction of Tenochtitlan.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Cortez think when he enters the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan?
(a) He wonders where the gold is.
(b) He looks upon it as an impoverished village.
(c) He mentally calculates the number of slaves that could be captured.
(d) He thinks it is wonderful and magnificent.

2. What is the outcome of Freydis' actions?
(a) Freydis is exiled from her community like Eric the Red.
(b) Freydis' family is always thought to be evil after that.
(c) Freydis becomes a politician and the leader of her community.
(d) Freydis is tried in criminal court and jailed for her actions.

3. What does Gregory think that In the American Grain is meant to do for the American national identity?
(a) Shape it.
(b) Celebrate it.
(c) Criticize it.
(d) Mock it.

4. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?
(a) Traditional.
(b) Creative.
(c) Poetic.
(d) Fresh.

5. Williams, referring to the King's and Queen's promises to Columbus, remarks, "What power had such ridiculous little promises to stay a man against that terrific downpour on the brink of which they were all floating?". What promises is Williams referring to?
(a) The promise to pay Columbus in gold for his voyages.
(b) The promise to make Columbus Chief Admiral of the Ocean Sea and perpetual Viceroy and Governor of all the land he should discover.
(c) The promise to have Columbus' story printed in the newspapers so that everyone could appreciate his accomplishment.
(d) The promise to make sure that Columbus always had seaworthy ships and experienced sailors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would Gregory be most likely to describe history as?

2. How does Montezuma try to get Cortez to stay on the coast and not enter the interior?

3. What people do Karlsefni and Snorri find in the New World?

4. Which chapter does Gregory say is in some ways the product of the era in which it was written?

5. What does Columbus think of the New World when he reaches it?

(see the answer key)

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