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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 author does Gregory say is never accused of being insincere?
(a) Homer.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) William Carlos Williams.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

2. What does Montezuma tell Cortez?
(a) That Montezuma is not a god, but flesh and blood like other men.
(b) That Cortez is not a god, but flesh and blood like other men.
(c) That the Aztecs will welcome the Spanish as Allies and help them to defeat the countryside.
(d) That the Spanish cannot hope to defeat such a large and well-supplied enemy.

3. 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..."
(a) He is worried about who will take on his work after he dies.
(b) He feels that he should be allowed to see a doctor.
(c) He has been a dedicated servant of the King and Queen for his entire life.
(d) He is sorry to see that the best years of his life are behind him.

4. What happens to Cortez when the Aztecs counterattack from outside the city?
(a) He loses everything and has to flee with his men.
(b) He is forced to negotiate a temporary treaty in order to escape with his life.
(c) He and his men defeat them easily.
(d) He and his men win after a long battle.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who is Freydis?

4. At the beginning of the Introduction, Horace Gregory quotes William Carlos Williams as saying "History, history! We fools, what do we know or care?" What does Gregory think Williams means by this?

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?

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