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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Montezuma treat hungry people in the capital?
(a) He gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.
(b) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.
(c) He opens his larder to all who wish to eat and drink.
(d) He refuses to feed the hungry, demanding instead that they pay tribute to him.

2. What does Columbus want to do instead of traveling to the New World again?
(a) He wants to go on vacation to someplace warm and tropical.
(b) He wants to circumnavigate the globe.
(c) He wants to visit his family members in Portugal.
(d) He wants to go on a pilgrimmage to holy places.

3. How do the Spanish justify killing so many peaceful islanders?
(a) They call the killings self-defense.
(b) They claim that Indians had no souls.
(c) They say it is necessary to kill people to take the land for Spain.
(d) They insist that God told them to do it.

4. What explanation does the narrator give for the Puritans' lack of imagination?
(a) They are afraid being imaginative would cut them off from the others.
(b) They believe that God does not approve of imagination.
(c) They think their lives depend on doing things the same way every time.
(d) They do not have materials with which to exercise their creativity.

5. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?
(a) Fresh.
(b) Poetic.
(c) Traditional.
(d) Creative.

6. Why do Ponce de Leon and his men travel north?
(a) To find new land for Spain.
(b) To find the fountain of youth.
(c) To find gold.
(d) To find food and water.

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

8. When Champlain advocates on behalf of building a colony, what is the one personal favor he asks of the King of France?
(a) A grant of supplies and men.
(b) A gift of firearms for defense and for trade.
(c) A priest and doctor who could live in the colony.
(d) A monopoly of the fur trade for three years.

9. How does Freydis handle her quarrel with the two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi?
(a) She steals property from the brothers and refuses to give it back, claiming that it will compensate her for the quarrel.
(b) She goes to court against the brothers and sues them, winning her case and forcing them to pay a fine.
(c) She tricks her husband into killing them, and kills the women of their household herself.
(d) She talks to her neighbors about the brothers, turning the community against them until they are forced into exile.

10. What do Indian envoys bring to De Soto and his men?
(a) Live pigs, horses, and dogs.
(b) Gold, silver, and pearls.
(c) Berries, animal skins, and meat.
(d) Handmade tools, sewing needles and tents.

11. What does Columbus do when he thinks the ship might capsize?
(a) He curses the day he ever set out to find the New World.
(b) He prays that the ship will make it back to Spain.
(c) He puts a note in a cask and throws it into the sea.
(d) He has a meeting of his crew and asks everyone to try his best.

12. What does Cotton Mather think about the gods of the Indian nations?
(a) He thinks that they are other gods.
(b) He thinks that they are idols.
(c) He thinks that they are imaginary.
(d) He thinks that they are devils.

13. What is Williams trying to tell the reader about Columbus when he quotes details about how harrowing the storms at sea during Columbus' voyages were?
(a) Columbus' good judgment.
(b) Columbus' literary skill.
(c) Columbus' foolhardiness.
(d) Columbus' courage.

14. What pet is Ponce de Leon especially attached to?
(a) A bird.
(b) A snake.
(c) A dog.
(d) A cat.

15. Who does Cotton Mather say that New England belonged to before the New Englanders lived there?
(a) The Indians.
(b) The French.
(c) The Devil.
(d) The Spanish.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. After Champlain picks out the site for the city and the men start working, what new complication arises to delay the progress of the building?

3. What happens when Ponce de Leon and his men first land among the Caribs?

4. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?

5. What adjective does Williams use to describe Champlain?

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