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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who does Columbus write to while he is on his return voyage?
(a) His wife.
(b) Friends who were left behind in the New World.
(c) The King and Queen of Spain.
(d) His family members in Europe.

3. 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 imaginary.
(c) He thinks that they are devils.
(d) He thinks that they are other gods.

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

5. Based on the passage narrated by Eric the Red, which phrase do you think best describes Eric's character?
(a) Evil and malicious.
(b) Deeply religious.
(c) Good-natured and affectionate.
(d) Rigid and formal.

6. Who does Cotton Mather say that New England belonged to before the New Englanders lived there?
(a) The Spanish.
(b) The French.
(c) The Indians.
(d) The Devil.

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

8. Why does Cortez finally burn the city?
(a) To give glory to the Christian God by destroying temples full of idols.
(b) To kill the inhabitants of the city who were trapped inside.
(c) To destroy a place which would have given refuge to the forces that were opposing him.
(d) To demoralize the Aztecs so that they would stop resisting him so fiercely.

9. When does De Soto plan to send word about his expedition to Maldonado?
(a) After he gets through the winter.
(b) After he has traveled back to Cuba.
(c) After he discovers a rich country.
(d) After he runs out of supplies.

10. What would Gregory be most likely to describe history as?
(a) A compendium of dates, data, and quotations.
(b) A tapestry of culture and stories.
(c) A science in its own right.
(d) A story written only by the winners.

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) What happens to the body is not important.
(c) God smites those who use profanity.
(d) The sea can hide any secret.

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

13. How often does Montezuma change his clothes?
(a) Four times a week.
(b) Four times a year.
(c) Four times a month.
(d) Four times a day.

14. Which statement shows that Gregory believes that most people revere history without understanding it?
(a) "In the reading and interpretation of history everything falls dead unless that reality is perceived."
(b) "The serious historian of the ancient world is careful never to forget his Homer."
(c) "History, like poetry, is an ancient trap laid for the credulous and narrow-minded."
(d) "There must be imagination at work to discern the fabulae of history."

15. Why do Ponce de Leon and his men travel north?
(a) To find new land for Spain.
(b) To find the fountain of youth.
(c) To find gold.
(d) To find food and water.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Columbus on his return from his second voyage?

2. Why does Williams criticize historian A. C. Adams at the beginning of "The May-Pole at Merry Mount"?

3. Why does the narrator say that Raleigh is now in Hell?

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

5. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?

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