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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How do many of the Indians react when the Spanish begin to enslave them?
(a) They fight back so fiercely that it is impossible to enslave any of them.
(b) They willingly accept enslavement in order not to be murdered.
(c) They go into the forest and hang themselves from the trees.
(d) They try to negotiate for peace but cannot overcome the language barrier.

4. What happens when Thorgest tries to steal from Eric the Red?
(a) Eric the Red tries to remove his property, but Eric the Red's two sons are killed in the melee.
(b) Eric the Red removes his property, and in the ensuing chase, two of Thorgest's sons are killed.
(c) Eric the Red has to give in and let Thorgest take his property.
(d) Eric the Red decides to steal from Thorgest in return, on his way into exile.

5. How does Williams suggest that Ponce de Leon feels when he hears about Cortez and the wealth of Montezuma?
(a) Jealous.
(b) Angry.
(c) Restless.
(d) Happy.

6. What adjective does the narrator use to describe the Pilgrims' eagerness to share their beliefs?
(a) Bold.
(b) Hard-working.
(c) Fierce.
(d) Dreadful.

7. Who does the narrator address "Sir Walter Raleigh" to?
(a) The Muse.
(b) The reader.
(c) Queen Elizabeth.
(d) Sir Walter Raleigh.

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

9. Which of the following names does the narrator call Raleigh?
(a) Explorer of the Orinoco.
(b) The new King.
(c) The planter who never planted.
(d) James' man.

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

11. 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 prove that Walter Raleigh was a coward.
(b) To suggest that even Williams cannot answer all of history's questions.
(c) To demonstrate that history must judge the actions of historical figures.
(d) To show the lyricism of Williams' prose.

12. What is the moral of the story about the rough sailor who falls sick, dies, and is thrown overboard?
(a) God smites those who use profanity.
(b) Good hygiene was the key to survival on ships.
(c) The sea can hide any secret.
(d) What happens to the body is not important.

13. Who is Juan Ortiz?
(a) De Soto's commanding officer, stationed in Cuba, to whom De Soto writes letters.
(b) A Spanish soldier separated from an earlier expedition who lived with the Indians for 12 years.
(c) De Soto's brother who accompanied him on the expedition and on whom De Soto relied.
(d) The leader of the Indian community that helped De Soto and his men to survive the first winter.

14. Why does Columbus count fewer leagues than he knows he has traveled?
(a) He is trying to reassure the crew that they have not traveled as far without seeing land as they think they have.
(b) He is trying to test a new system of measurement to see which is most accurate.
(c) He is trying to trick the King and Queen by giving them false information in his letters.
(d) He is trying to check his navigational instruments to be sure that they are working properly.

15. Why isn't the French Conquest as severe as the Spanish one?
(a) The Spanish massacre Indians but the French just marry local women.
(b) The Spanish have many explorers to help but the French have only a couple.
(c) The Spanish want furs but the French want gold.
(d) The Spanish are much more gentle than the French.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What happens to Cortez when the Aztecs counterattack from outside the city?

3. What does Gregory think that In the American Grain is meant to do for the American national identity?

4. How does Freydis handle her quarrel with the two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi?

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

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