In the American Grain Short Answer Test - Answer Key

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1. 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?

It is dangerous to get involved in history.

2. Which statement shows that Gregory believes that most people revere history without understanding it?

"History, like poetry, is an ancient trap laid for the credulous and narrow-minded."

3. What would Gregory be most likely to describe history as?

A tapestry of culture and stories.

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