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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does the narrator say about the Puritan soul?
(a) It is large and generous.
(b) It is kind and warmhearted.
(c) It is rich and nourishing.
(d) It is small and empty.

3. What happens when Ponce de Leon and his men first land among the Caribs?
(a) The Caribs kidnap their women and shoot their dog.
(b) They slaughter the Caribs, leaving none alive.
(c) They make peace with the Caribs and do not have to fight.
(d) The Caribs welcome them with open arms and a big feast.

4. What does Cotton Mather think about the gods of the Indian nations?
(a) He thinks that they are idols.
(b) He thinks that they are devils.
(c) He thinks that they are other gods.
(d) He thinks that they are imaginary.

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

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

7. 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 mentally calculates the number of slaves that could be captured.
(d) He looks upon it as an impoverished village.

8. How does the narrator describe the coastline of North America?
(a) As a land rich in mineral resources.
(b) As a land of plenty.
(c) As a wilderness full of savages.
(d) As a swamp-infested hell.

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

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

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

12. What is the moral of the story about the lusty young man who fell overboard and was hauled back in?
(a) It is important to pay attention so that you are not swept overboard.
(b) Faith and hope can see you through even tough times.
(c) Tenacity and determination can save your life.
(d) It is good to have friends who can help you when you need it.

13. How does De Soto keep his men alive when the maize crop fails?
(a) He rations corn.
(b) He writes to Spain for help.
(c) He sends the men out to hunt and fish.
(d) He gives each man 1/2 pound of pork daily.

14. 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 gift of firearms for defense and for trade.
(c) A grant of supplies and men.
(d) A priest and doctor who could live in the colony.

15. 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 translator.
(c) It leaves him without a single soldier who knows the way back.
(d) It leaves him without a doctor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What adjective does the narrator use to describe the Pilgrims' eagerness to share their beliefs?

2. What happens when Montezuma asks his people not to fight back against the Spanish?

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

4. Who tells Ponce de Leon there is a fountain of youth?

5. How does Ponce de Leon die?

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