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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. 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?
(a) Most Americans know little of history.
(b) History matters only to fools.
(c) History is full of lies.
(d) It is dangerous to get involved in history.

2. How does Williams suggest that Ponce de Leon feels when he hears about Cortez and the wealth of Montezuma?
(a) Angry.
(b) Happy.
(c) Jealous.
(d) Restless.

3. How do many of the Indians react when the Spanish begin to enslave them?
(a) They go into the forest and hang themselves from the trees.
(b) They try to negotiate for peace but cannot overcome the language barrier.
(c) They willingly accept enslavement in order not to be murdered.
(d) They fight back so fiercely that it is impossible to enslave any of them.

4. What does Williams think was the motive of the person who told Ponce de Leon there was a fountain of youth?
(a) Love.
(b) A desire to help.
(c) Storytelling.
(d) Revenge.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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..."

3. What happens when Montezuma asks his people not to fight back against the Spanish?

4. How do the Spanish justify killing so many peaceful islanders?

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?

(see the answer key)

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