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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 happens to Columbus when he finally makes it back to Spain?
(a) Storms make it impossible to set sail again for several months.
(b) He is accused of making a deal with the King of Portugal.
(c) The King and Queen refuse to finance any future trips to the New World.
(d) He loses his religious faith and decides to leave the Church.

2. What happens when Montezuma asks his people not to fight back against the Spanish?
(a) He is hit on the head by a stone, which kills him.
(b) He frightens the Aztecs and they run away.
(c) He stirs the Aztecs to resist even more fiercely than before.
(d) He convinces the Aztecs to lay down their arms peacefully.

3. Where does Eric the Red go to start over?
(a) Iceland.
(b) Norway.
(c) Greenland.
(d) America.

4. What happens to Columbus on his return from his second voyage?
(a) He is refused permission to land in Spain even though there was a terrible storm.
(b) He is forced to turn back and sail to the New World again.
(c) He has to travel many miles out of his way because of a storm.
(d) He is forced to leave and sail to England instead.

5. Who does Gregory say is depicted more boldly by Williams than by any other writer?
(a) George Washington.
(b) Cotton Mather.
(c) Abraham Lincoln.
(d) Aaron Burr.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Gregory think that In the American Grain is meant to do for the American national identity?

3. What does Eric the Red say that his life is like now that he has been exiled?

4. Which of the following statements shows that Eric the Red has accepted his fate?

5. Toward the end of the introduction, Gregory quotes the following passage: "Question him in hell, O Muse, where he has gone, and when there is an answer, sing and make clear the reasons that he gave for that last blow. Why did he send his son into that tropic jungle and not go himself, upon so dangerous an errand?" Why does Gregory include this quote?

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