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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Poor Richard Benjamin Franklin.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following is one of the goals, listed by Cotton Mather, that the Puritans have in mind when they found their colonies?
(a) They want to be certain that every person in the community had enough to eat and drink.
(b) They want to know that every child, rich or poor, in the community would be able to read the Bible.
(c) They want a man to be able to spend seven years in the community and be able to say that he had not heard one oath sworn.
(d) They want to be sure that every person in the community went to church every Sunday.

2. 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 considers his unjust exile to be more honorable than staying in Iceland.
(b) Eric the Red has chosen to leave Iceland of his own accord.
(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.

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

4. Why are the Puritans important, according to the narrator?
(a) They begin to form the national character.
(b) They bring Christianity to the New World.
(c) They are among the earliest European settlers.
(d) They find a way to survive in an inclement environment.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator say was the place where Washington most liked to be?

2. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?

3. What happens to Pere Rasles?

4. According to the narrator, which of the following is a logical outgrowth of the Puritan spirit?

5. Who is Freydis?

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