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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What prevents Raleigh from going to the Virginia colonies?
(a) His own death.
(b) The death of the queen.
(c) The death of his son.
(d) The death of his wife.

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

3. What is Columbus' point when he makes the following statement: "I was twenty-eight years old when I came into your Highnesses' service, and now I have not a hair upon me that is not gray; my body is infirm..."
(a) He feels that he should be allowed to see a doctor.
(b) He is sorry to see that the best years of his life are behind him.
(c) He has been a dedicated servant of the King and Queen for his entire life.
(d) He is worried about who will take on his work after he dies.

4. Who did Ponce de Leon's pilot previously work for?
(a) The King and Queen of Spain.
(b) Ponce de Leon's brother.
(c) Montezuma.
(d) Columbus and Cortez.

5. What is De Soto looking for?
(a) Treasure.
(b) Food.
(c) The Fountain of Youth
(d) Slaves.

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

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

8. 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) Storms make it impossible to set sail again for several months.
(d) He is accused of making a deal with the King of Portugal.

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

10. What adjective does Williams use to describe Champlain?
(a) Delightful.
(b) Opportunist.
(c) Primitive.
(d) Loving.

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

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

13. 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.

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

15. 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 starts a revolt against the authorities.
(d) He decides to marry an Indian woman.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which statement shows that Gregory believes that most people revere history without understanding it?

3. Who or what is Mabilla?

4. Why does "she" say that De Soto's men are beginning to hate him?

5. What is the moral of the story about the rough sailor who falls sick, dies, and is thrown overboard?

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