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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the narrator, which of the following is a logical outgrowth of the Puritan spirit?
(a) Inventiveness and resourcefulness.
(b) Creativity and genius.
(c) Democracy and collective responsibility.
(d) Know-nothingism and opportunism.

2. How does the narrator describe the coastline of North America?
(a) As a swamp-infested hell.
(b) As a land of plenty.
(c) As a land rich in mineral resources.
(d) As a wilderness full of savages.

3. What does Montezuma do when Cortez enters the capital?
(a) He makes Cortez the monarch.
(b) He negotiates a peace treaty that makes him equal to Cortez.
(c) He forces Cortez to accept Aztec authority.
(d) He fights against Cortez and dies.

4. What is De Soto looking for?
(a) The Fountain of Youth
(b) Slaves.
(c) Food.
(d) Treasure.

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?
(a) They want a man to be able to spend seven years in the community and be able to say that he had not heard one oath sworn.
(b) They want to know that every child, rich or poor, in the community would be able to read the Bible.
(c) They want to be sure that every person in the community went to church every Sunday.
(d) They want to be certain that every person in the community had enough to eat and drink.

6. What does Gregory mean when he says that "if anyone is looking for the secret of their good health and the freedom they exert within an individual speech and manner, it may be found in their determination to 'stay at home,' to accept the roots of their being and to grow slowly to their own maturity."
(a) To be truly free, you have to be true to yourself and your heritage.
(b) To be free you have to break apart from your background and upbringing.
(c) Freedom is based on ideas, not experiences.
(d) Only staying at home can free you to travel elsewhere.

7. What prevents Raleigh from going to the Virginia colonies?
(a) His own death.
(b) The death of the queen.
(c) The death of his wife.
(d) The death of his son.

8. How does Montezuma try to get Cortez to stay on the coast and not enter the interior?
(a) He sends troops to attack.
(b) He sends a threatening letter.
(c) He sends gifts to Cortez.
(d) He sends poisoned food.

9. What is the outcome of Freydis' actions?
(a) Freydis is exiled from her community like Eric the Red.
(b) Freydis' family is always thought to be evil after that.
(c) Freydis is tried in criminal court and jailed for her actions.
(d) Freydis becomes a politician and the leader of her community.

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

11. Why is Ponce de Leon free to go exploring in Florida?
(a) He is independently wealthy and can do as he pleases.
(b) He has been relieved of his job as Governor.
(c) He has already accomplished all that he came for.
(d) He is not free to go, but goes anyway.

12. What happens when Raleigh returns to England after his son's death?
(a) He is beheaded.
(b) He is stripped of his knighthood.
(c) He is knighted.
(d) He is sent away on another voyage.

13. What does the narrator say that Queen Elizabeth did not trust Raleigh enough to let him do?
(a) Marry one of her maids.
(b) Go on voyages of exploration.
(c) Serve in the army.
(d) Serve on great councils.

14. What is Tenochtitlan like?
(a) It is a small town surrounded by stone walls, with a large castle in the middle.
(b) It is a fortress located high in the mountains, remote and impenetrable.
(c) It is a masterpiece of engineering; clean, with wide roads and canals, and full of beautiful gardens and markets.
(d) It is a tiny village. The people living there are starving to death, and can offer no resistance to the Spanish.

15. What does the narrator say that the Puritans should be praised for?
(a) Their spirit.
(b) Their warmth.
(c) Their intelligence.
(d) Their toughness.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the moral of the story about the rough sailor who falls sick, dies, and is thrown overboard?

3. What does Cotton Mather think about the gods of the Indian nations?

4. What happens when Bridget Bishop attempts to plead not guilty?

5. How does De Soto keep his men alive when the maize crop fails?

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