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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through DeSoto and the New World.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Juan Ortiz?
(a) The leader of the Indian community that helped De Soto and his men to survive the first winter.
(b) A Spanish soldier separated from an earlier expedition who lived with the Indians for 12 years.
(c) De Soto's commanding officer, stationed in Cuba, to whom De Soto writes letters.
(d) De Soto's brother who accompanied him on the expedition and on whom De Soto relied.

2. What does Columbus do when he thinks the ship might capsize?
(a) He has a meeting of his crew and asks everyone to try his best.
(b) He puts a note in a cask and throws it into the sea.
(c) He curses the day he ever set out to find the New World.
(d) He prays that the ship will make it back to Spain.

3. Does Columbus profit from his trips to the New World?
(a) Yes, he is rewarded with all the gold he could ever want.
(b) No, but at least the voyages do not harm him financially.
(c) No, he is left financially ruined and impoverished.
(d) Yes, he is able to sell many things that he took from the islands.

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

5. What does Gregory mean when he says that "if anyone is looking for the secret of their good health and the freedom they exert within an individual speech and manner, it may be found in their determination to 'stay at home,' to accept the roots of their being and to grow slowly to their own maturity."
(a) To be free you have to break apart from your background and upbringing.
(b) To be truly free, you have to be true to yourself and your heritage.
(c) Freedom is based on ideas, not experiences.
(d) Only staying at home can free you to travel elsewhere.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What happens to Columbus when he finally makes it back to Spain?

3. How does Freydis handle her quarrel with the two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi?

4. 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?

5. Based on the passage narrated by Eric the Red, which phrase do you think best describes Eric's character?

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