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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. Who tells Ponce de Leon there is a fountain of youth?
(a) An old woman.
(b) An old man.
(c) A child.
(d) One of his own men.

3. What happens to Thomas Morton as a result of the Maypole celebration?
(a) He is shot in a fight.
(b) He is arrested and sent back to England.
(c) He is given an award by the colonists.
(d) He is kidnapped by the Indians.

4. 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 troops to attack.
(c) He sends gifts to Cortez.
(d) He sends poisoned food.

5. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?
(a) As profane and lusty seamen.
(b) As malfeasant ghosts.
(c) As a "race incapable of flower."
(d) As beloved friends.

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

7. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?
(a) He finds her later under a bush with her hands cut off.
(b) His men capture her and steal the crucifix back.
(c) He accidentally kills her without knowing who she is.
(d) He finds her later working as a slave.

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

9. Who is "beautiful as a cane box"?
(a) The Tuscaloosa.
(b) The female narrator.
(c) The male narrator.
(d) De Soto.

10. Why do the Puritans disapprove of Thomas Morton?
(a) He does not believe in God.
(b) He barters guns and liquor to Indians.
(c) He is not married.
(d) He does not pay his taxes.

11. When Columbus finally lands in Spain after his second voyage, what happens to him?
(a) He is attacked by mobs of people who do not approve of his travels to the New World.
(b) He is arrested, and everything he owns is taken away and sold, even the clothing he wore.
(c) He is welcomed but told that the sovereigns cannot afford to pay for another voyage.
(d) He is celebrated and paraded through the streets as a returning hero.

12. 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."
(a) Eric the Red has chosen to leave Iceland of his own accord.
(b) Eric the Red prefers places that are cold and icy.
(c) Eric the Red feels remorseful about the murder he committed and willingly accepts punishment.
(d) Eric the Red considers his unjust exile to be more honorable than staying in Iceland.

13. Why do the Aztecs have two aqueducts?
(a) So that one can be used to carry water out, and the other to carry water in.
(b) So that one can be used while the other is being cleaned.
(c) So that one can supply one half of the city, and the other can supply the other half.
(d) So that enough water can be provided for the needs of the emperor and his entourage.

14. How does Ponce de Leon die?
(a) He is killed by his own men in a mutiny.
(b) He is killed by an Indian arrow.
(c) He dies of disease.
(d) He dies of old age.

15. What happens when the Greenlanders fight with the people they meet in the New World?
(a) Eric the Red appears with a group of young Greenlander sailors, and the Greenlanders gain the advantage in the fight.
(b) Helgi and Finnbogi save Freydis' life, rescuing her just as their enemies in the New World were about to kill her.
(c) The other Greenlanders begin to flee, but Freydis grabs a sword and fights so hard that she frightens their enemies into fleeing.
(d) The Greenlanders are defeated by the people of the New World and flee in shame.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Juan Ortiz?

2. What incident "greatly annoys" Champlain and delays the construction of Quebec?

3. Williams, referring to the King's and Queen's promises to Columbus, remarks, "What power had such ridiculous little promises to stay a man against that terrific downpour on the brink of which they were all floating?". What promises is Williams referring to?

4. 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?

5. How does Williams suggest that Ponce de Leon feels when he hears about Cortez and the wealth of Montezuma?

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