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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Voyage of the Mayflower.

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. Which of the following statements shows that Eric the Red has accepted his fate?
(a) "Eric the Red is a marked man, beyond the law, so it would seem..."
(b) "...this is what they say: Eric, son of evil, come and be forgiven."
(c) "This is my portion. I do not call it not to my liking. Hardship lives in me."
(d) "One or the other of us had to die, under the natural circumstance."

3. 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?
(a) To demonstrate that history must judge the actions of historical figures.
(b) To show the lyricism of Williams' prose.
(c) To prove that Walter Raleigh was a coward.
(d) To suggest that even Williams cannot answer all of history's questions.

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

5. Why do the Aztecs have two aqueducts?
(a) So that one can be used while the other is being cleaned.
(b) So that one can supply one half of the city, and the other can supply the other half.
(c) So that one can be used to carry water out, and the other to carry water in.
(d) So that enough water can be provided for the needs of the emperor and his entourage.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the narrator address "Sir Walter Raleigh" to?

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

3. What happens when Thorgest tries to steal from Eric the Red?

4. 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?

5. Why do the Puritans have such a strong impact on the national character, according to the narrator?

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