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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Virtue of History Aaron Burr.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Eric the Red say that his life is like now that he has been exiled?
(a) People can steal from him at will.
(b) People try to kill him when they see him.
(c) He is lonely and despondent.
(d) He is more well-admired than ever before.

2. When does De Soto plan to send word about his expedition to Maldonado?
(a) After he gets through the winter.
(b) After he has traveled back to Cuba.
(c) After he runs out of supplies.
(d) After he discovers a rich country.

3. What is Williams trying to tell the reader about Columbus when he quotes details about how harrowing the storms at sea during Columbus' voyages were?
(a) Columbus' good judgment.
(b) Columbus' courage.
(c) Columbus' literary skill.
(d) Columbus' foolhardiness.

4. What kind of position is Jones' squadron in when the battle begins?
(a) Jones has fewer ships, but is in a better position geographically than the enemy is.
(b) Jones has 20 ships and is at a strong advantage.
(c) Jones has the same number of ships as the enemy.
(d) Jones has only three ships left and is at a severe disadvantage.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are Bridget Bishop and Susanna Martin indicted for?

2. What does Columbus do when he thinks the ship might capsize?

3. Who does Columbus write to while he is on his return voyage?

4. What causes the Puritan elders to finally get fed up with Thomas Morton?

5. What characteristic drives Franklin's curiosity, according to one of the narrators of "Poor Richard"?

(see the answer key)

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