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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The May-Pole at Merry Mount.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following names does the narrator call Raleigh?
(a) James' man.
(b) Explorer of the Orinoco.
(c) The new King.
(d) The planter who never planted.

2. What happens when the Greenlanders fight with the people they meet in the New World?
(a) Helgi and Finnbogi save Freydis' life, rescuing her just as their enemies in the New World were about to kill her.
(b) The Greenlanders are defeated by the people of the New World and flee in shame.
(c) The other Greenlanders begin to flee, but Freydis grabs a sword and fights so hard that she frightens their enemies into fleeing.
(d) Eric the Red appears with a group of young Greenlander sailors, and the Greenlanders gain the advantage in the fight.

3. 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?
(a) The promise to make Columbus Chief Admiral of the Ocean Sea and perpetual Viceroy and Governor of all the land he should discover.
(b) The promise to have Columbus' story printed in the newspapers so that everyone could appreciate his accomplishment.
(c) The promise to make sure that Columbus always had seaworthy ships and experienced sailors.
(d) The promise to pay Columbus in gold for his voyages.

4. What do Indian envoys bring to De Soto and his men?
(a) Gold, silver, and pearls.
(b) Berries, animal skins, and meat.
(c) Handmade tools, sewing needles and tents.
(d) Live pigs, horses, and dogs.

5. What happens when Raleigh returns to England after his son's death?
(a) He is sent away on another voyage.
(b) He is beheaded.
(c) He is knighted.
(d) He is stripped of his knighthood.

Short Answer Questions

1. After Champlain picks out the site for the city and the men start working, what new complication arises to delay the progress of the building?

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

3. Where do De Soto and his men retreat to after the Indians burn their camp?

4. What is the overall tone of Williams' remarks about the Puritans?

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

(see the answer key)

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