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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. Why do the Puritans have such a strong impact on the national character, according to the narrator?
(a) Because they are so driven to evangelize to others.
(b) Because they persuade everyone else to emulate them.
(c) Because they are among the first to arrive in a wild place.
(d) Because they are so dashing and heroic that everyone tells stories about them.

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

3. What happens to Pere Rasles?
(a) He is killed by enemies of the Abnaki.
(b) He is killed by the Abnaki.
(c) He is assassinated by the English.
(d) He dies peacefully of old age.

4. Who tells Ponce de Leon there is a fountain of youth?
(a) An old man.
(b) A child.
(c) An old woman.
(d) One of his own men.

5. 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 suggest that even Williams cannot answer all of history's questions.
(c) To prove that Walter Raleigh was a coward.
(d) To show the lyricism of Williams' prose.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does De Soto begin his journey into the North American mainland?

2. What adjective does the narrator use to describe the Pilgrims' eagerness to share their beliefs?

3. Who is the only person in America who can live a life of leisure, like a gentleman, according to an early American saying that Franklin mentions?

4. Who is the narrator for the first part of "Poor Richard"?

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

(see the answer key)

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