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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of literature does Gregory say is forced to answer the question of whether or not it is sincere?
(a) Classical literature.
(b) Modern literature.
(c) English literature.
(d) American literature.

2. 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.

3. What would Gregory be most likely to describe history as?
(a) A science in its own right.
(b) A tapestry of culture and stories.
(c) A story written only by the winners.
(d) A compendium of dates, data, and quotations.

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

5. What do bows and arrows, corn meal, and belief in a second life all have in common, according to the narrator of "Sir Walter Raleigh"?
(a) They are invented by all peoples.
(b) They are found in all villages.
(c) They are necessary to colonization.
(d) They are things all people can do without.

6. What people do Karlsefni and Snorri find in the New World?
(a) The Abenaki.
(b) The Inuit.
(c) The Iroquois.
(d) The Skrellings.

7. Which of the following statements shows that Eric the Red has accepted his fate?
(a) "This is my portion. I do not call it not to my liking. Hardship lives in me."
(b) "Eric the Red is a marked man, beyond the law, so it would seem..."
(c) "One or the other of us had to die, under the natural circumstance."
(d) "...this is what they say: Eric, son of evil, come and be forgiven."

8. What does Gregory think that In the American Grain is meant to do for the American national identity?
(a) Criticize it.
(b) Shape it.
(c) Celebrate it.
(d) Mock it.

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

10. Why does Queen Elizabeth call Raleigh back when he goes with the fleet to attack Spain?
(a) Because she has decided not to attack Spain.
(b) Because she intends to send him to the Americas instead.
(c) Because he has seduced one of her maids.
(d) Because she is urgently in need of his advice.

11. What does Queen Elizabeth force Raleigh to do when she calls him back from the fleet's attack on Spain?
(a) Become a diplomat.
(b) Join the crew of a ship heading to the Americas.
(c) Marry one of her maids.
(d) Travel to Africa.

12. What does Cortez think when he enters the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan?
(a) He thinks it is wonderful and magnificent.
(b) He wonders where the gold is.
(c) He looks upon it as an impoverished village.
(d) He mentally calculates the number of slaves that could be captured.

13. What does Gregory say about the way in which the reputation of In the American Grain grew?
(a) It became more popular as it was falling out of print.
(b) It became more popular after Williams died.
(c) It became more popular when it was marketed more aggressively.
(d) It became more popular when it was published in a magazine.

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

15. 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 to be sure that every person in the community went to church every Sunday.
(b) They want to be certain that every person in the community had enough to eat and drink.
(c) 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.
(d) They want to know that every child, rich or poor, in the community would be able to read the Bible.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Eric the Red say that his life is like now that he has been exiled?

2. Why do the Puritans disapprove of Thomas Morton?

3. Who or what is Mabilla?

4. What does the following sentence mean? "Rather the ice than their way: to take what is mine by single strength, theirs by the crookedness of their law."

5. What does Columbus want to do instead of traveling to the New World again?

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