In the American Grain Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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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. When Columbus finally lands in Spain after his second voyage, what happens to him?
(a) He is attacked by mobs of people who do not approve of his travels to the New World.
(b) He is welcomed but told that the sovereigns cannot afford to pay for another voyage.
(c) He is celebrated and paraded through the streets as a returning hero.
(d) He is arrested, and everything he owns is taken away and sold, even the clothing he wore.

2. How does Montezuma treat hungry people in the capital?
(a) He opens his larder to all who wish to eat and drink.
(b) He refuses to feed the hungry, demanding instead that they pay tribute to him.
(c) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.
(d) He gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.

3. Why is De Soto uncertain whether he wants to meet Francisco Maldonado?
(a) He thinks that Maldonado might get credit for De Soto's accomplishments.
(b) He thinks he might be forced to offer Maldonado some help.
(c) He does not get along with Maldonado.
(d) He fears that Maldonado would antagonize the Indians.

4. What does the following sentence mean? "Rather the ice than their way: to take what is mine by single strength, theirs by the crookedness of their law."
(a) Eric the Red has chosen to leave Iceland of his own accord.
(b) Eric the Red considers his unjust exile to be more honorable than staying in Iceland.
(c) Eric the Red prefers places that are cold and icy.
(d) Eric the Red feels remorseful about the murder he committed and willingly accepts punishment.

5. What does Gregory say about the way in which the reputation of In the American Grain grew?
(a) It became more popular when it was published in a magazine.
(b) It became more popular after Williams died.
(c) It became more popular as it was falling out of print.
(d) It became more popular when it was marketed more aggressively.

Short Answer Questions

1. What explanation does the narrator give for the Puritans' lack of imagination?

2. What does Montezuma do when Cortez enters the capital?

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

4. How does Montezuma try to get Cortez to stay on the coast and not enter the interior?

5. Why does Columbus count fewer leagues than he knows he has traveled?

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