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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the overall tone of Williams' remarks about the Puritans?
(a) Jealousy.
(b) Admiration.
(c) Contempt.
(d) Wonder.

2. What causes the Puritan elders to finally get fed up with Thomas Morton?
(a) He plans a big party with music and liquor.
(b) He begins to trade guns with the Indians.
(c) He decides to marry an Indian woman.
(d) He starts a revolt against the authorities.

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

4. 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.

5. How does Montezuma treat hungry people in the capital?
(a) He gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.
(b) He opens his larder to all who wish to eat and drink.
(c) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.
(d) He refuses to feed the hungry, demanding instead that they pay tribute to him.

6. What does Eric the Red say that his life is like now that he has been exiled?
(a) People try to kill him when they see him.
(b) He is more well-admired than ever before.
(c) People can steal from him at will.
(d) He is lonely and despondent.

7. 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 think their lives depend on doing things the same way every time.
(c) They are afraid being imaginative would cut them off from the others.
(d) They believe that God does not approve of imagination.

8. At the beginning of the Introduction, Horace Gregory quotes William Carlos Williams as saying "History, history! We fools, what do we know or care?" What does Gregory think Williams means by this?
(a) History matters only to fools.
(b) History is full of lies.
(c) Most Americans know little of history.
(d) It is dangerous to get involved in history.

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

10. Who is Thomas Morton?
(a) A colonist.
(b) A writer.
(c) A soldier.
(d) A historian.

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

12. What author does Gregory say is never accused of being insincere?
(a) William Carlos Williams.
(b) Homer.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Alexander Hamilton.

13. 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 decides to steal from Thorgest in return, on his way into exile.
(d) Eric the Red has to give in and let Thorgest take his property.

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

15. What kind of woman is Freydis?
(a) Dedicated.
(b) Foolish.
(c) Submissive.
(d) Fierce.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does De Soto begin his journey into the North American mainland?

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

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

4. How does Ponce de Leon die?

5. What happens when Raleigh returns to England after his son's death?

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