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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. Based on the passage narrated by Eric the Red, which phrase do you think best describes Eric's character?
(a) Evil and malicious.
(b) Deeply religious.
(c) Good-natured and affectionate.
(d) Rigid and formal.

2. How does Montezuma treat hungry people in the capital?
(a) He refuses to feed the hungry, demanding instead that they pay tribute to him.
(b) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.
(c) He gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.
(d) He opens his larder to all who wish to eat and drink.

3. What does Columbus think of the New World when he reaches it?
(a) He thinks that he would like to build a house and live there himself.
(b) He thinks that it is far too hot and humid for his taste.
(c) He thinks it is the most beautiful place he has ever seen.
(d) He thinks that it is too desolate to have any worthwhile resources.

4. What people do Karlsefni and Snorri find in the New World?
(a) The Skrellings.
(b) The Iroquois.
(c) The Inuit.
(d) The Abenaki.

5. Which chapter does Gregory say is in some ways the product of the era in which it was written?
(a) The chapter on John Paul Jones.
(b) The chapter on Cotton Mather.
(c) The chapter on Daniel Boone.
(d) The chapter on Christopher Columbus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the following sentence mean? "Rather the ice than their way: to take what is mine by single strength, theirs by the crookedness of their law."

2. Who does Gregory say is depicted more boldly by Williams than by any other writer?

3. What kind of literature does Gregory say is forced to answer the question of whether or not it is sincere?

4. What does Gregory say about the way in which the reputation of In the American Grain grew?

5. Which of the following quotations reveals Williams' opinion of Cortez?

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