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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does the narrator say that Raleigh is now in Hell?
(a) He broke Queen Elizabeth's heart.
(b) He sent his son on a mission that got him killed.
(c) He had no regard for the safety of his colonists.
(d) He was an atheist.

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

3. Which chapter does Gregory say is in some ways the product of the era in which it was written?
(a) The chapter on Christopher Columbus.
(b) The chapter on Daniel Boone.
(c) The chapter on John Paul Jones.
(d) The chapter on Cotton Mather.

4. Why are the Puritans important, according to the narrator?
(a) They bring Christianity to the New World.
(b) They find a way to survive in an inclement environment.
(c) They are among the earliest European settlers.
(d) They begin to form the national character.

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

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

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

8. What does Williams think was the motive of the person who told Ponce de Leon there was a fountain of youth?
(a) Revenge.
(b) Love.
(c) Storytelling.
(d) A desire to help.

9. 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) "This is my portion. I do not call it not to my liking. Hardship lives in me."
(c) "One or the other of us had to die, under the natural circumstance."
(d) "Eric the Red is a marked man, beyond the law, so it would seem..."

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

11. 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?
(a) The promise to make sure that Columbus always had seaworthy ships and experienced sailors.
(b) The promise to pay Columbus in gold for his voyages.
(c) The promise to make Columbus Chief Admiral of the Ocean Sea and perpetual Viceroy and Governor of all the land he should discover.
(d) The promise to have Columbus' story printed in the newspapers so that everyone could appreciate his accomplishment.

12. What happens when Montezuma asks his people not to fight back against the Spanish?
(a) He frightens the Aztecs and they run away.
(b) He stirs the Aztecs to resist even more fiercely than before.
(c) He is hit on the head by a stone, which kills him.
(d) He convinces the Aztecs to lay down their arms peacefully.

13. What happens to Columbus when he finally makes it back to Spain?
(a) Storms make it impossible to set sail again for several months.
(b) The King and Queen refuse to finance any future trips to the New World.
(c) He loses his religious faith and decides to leave the Church.
(d) He is accused of making a deal with the King of Portugal.

14. What does Montezuma tell Cortez?
(a) That Cortez is not a god, but flesh and blood like other men.
(b) That the Aztecs will welcome the Spanish as Allies and help them to defeat the countryside.
(c) That Montezuma is not a god, but flesh and blood like other men.
(d) That the Spanish cannot hope to defeat such a large and well-supplied enemy.

15. Who does the narrator say that the Puritans went on to persecute later?
(a) The Indians.
(b) The Spanish.
(c) The Quakers.
(d) The atheists.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Queen Elizabeth force Raleigh to do when she calls him back from the fleet's attack on Spain?

2. What is the outcome of Freydis' actions?

3. When does De Soto plan to send word about his expedition to Maldonado?

4. What prevents Raleigh from going to the Virginia colonies?

5. How does Ponce de Leon die?

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