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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the narrator admire about the Pilgrims?
(a) Their imagination and ingenuity.
(b) Their respect for authority.
(c) Their devotion to religion.
(d) Their fierceness and hard work.

2. What happens to Columbus on his return from his second voyage?
(a) He is forced to leave and sail to England instead.
(b) He has to travel many miles out of his way because of a storm.
(c) He is forced to turn back and sail to the New World again.
(d) He is refused permission to land in Spain even though there was a terrible storm.

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

4. How does the death of Juan Ortiz affect De Soto?
(a) It makes him feel lonely and wish he had a friend.
(b) It leaves him without a doctor.
(c) It leaves him without a translator.
(d) It leaves him without a single soldier who knows the way back.

5. 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 has a meeting of his crew and asks everyone to try his best.
(c) He puts a note in a cask and throws it into the sea.
(d) He prays that the ship will make it back to Spain.

6. Where does Eric the Red go to start over?
(a) Norway.
(b) Iceland.
(c) America.
(d) Greenland.

7. What title does the narrator give Raleigh?
(a) The Heart of the Queen.
(b) The Sword of the Queen.
(c) The Breath of the Queen.
(d) The Hand of the Queen.

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

9. Which of the following quotations reveals Williams' opinion of Cortez?
(a) "Courageous almost beyond precedent, tactful, resourceful in misfortune..."
(b) "With the force bred of a determination to face at any cost a situation fast going beyond his control..."
(c) "Spain cannot be blamed for the crassness of the discoverers."
(d) "...Nothing at the present moment seemed to disturb his aristocratic reserve."

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

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

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

13. 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 want furs but the French want gold.
(c) The Spanish are much more gentle than the French.
(d) The Spanish have many explorers to help but the French have only a couple.

14. What adjective does Williams use to describe Champlain?
(a) Delightful.
(b) Loving.
(c) Primitive.
(d) Opportunist.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the narrator say about the Puritan soul?

3. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?

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

5. Who does Cotton Mather say that New England belonged to before the New Englanders lived there?

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