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

2. What does the "Poor Richard" narrator say is a common misconception that Europeans have about America?
(a) They can move there and quickly be elected to political office.
(b) It is very hard to earn a living by farming in America.
(c) Americans place a high value on leisure time and do not like to work.
(d) It is a dangerous place because there are so many Indian raids.

3. How does Jones feel about the battle?
(a) He says that it is horrifying.
(b) He says that it is beautiful.
(c) He says that it is necessary.
(d) He says that it is exciting.

4. 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 suggest that even Williams cannot answer all of history's questions.
(d) To prove that Walter Raleigh was a coward.

5. How does Williams suggest that Ponce de Leon feels when he hears about Cortez and the wealth of Montezuma?
(a) Happy.
(b) Restless.
(c) Angry.
(d) Jealous.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Franklin recommend against trying to make money in America through manufacturing?

2. How do many of the Indians react when the Spanish begin to enslave them?

3. What happens to the barge that is towing John Paul Jones' ship?

4. What does Cortez think when he enters the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan?

5. What do bows and arrows, corn meal, and belief in a second life all have in common, according to the narrator of "Sir Walter Raleigh"?

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