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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 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 feels remorseful about the murder he committed and willingly accepts punishment.
(c) Eric the Red prefers places that are cold and icy.
(d) Eric the Red has chosen to leave Iceland of his own accord.

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 gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.
(d) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.

3. What happens when Ponce de Leon and his men first land among the Caribs?
(a) The Caribs welcome them with open arms and a big feast.
(b) The Caribs kidnap their women and shoot their dog.
(c) They slaughter the Caribs, leaving none alive.
(d) They make peace with the Caribs and do not have to fight.

4. Who does the narrator say that the Puritans went on to persecute later?
(a) The atheists.
(b) The Indians.
(c) The Spanish.
(d) The Quakers.

5. What people do Karlsefni and Snorri find in the New World?
(a) The Iroquois.
(b) The Inuit.
(c) The Skrellings.
(d) The Abenaki.

Short Answer Questions

1. What warning does Williams give the reader about history at the beginning of "The Virtue of History"?

2. What event has distracted historians from telling the whole story about Burr?

3. What happens when Thorgest tries to steal from Eric the Red?

4. What pet is Ponce de Leon especially attached to?

5. Which of the following is one of the goals, listed by Cotton Mather, that the Puritans have in mind when they found their colonies?

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