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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does the narrator admire about the Pilgrims?
(a) Their imagination and ingenuity.
(b) Their devotion to religion.
(c) Their fierceness and hard work.
(d) Their respect for authority.

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

5. What happens when Bridget Bishop attempts to plead not guilty?
(a) She is tortured until she confesses.
(b) She is denied the chance to hear the witnesses against her.
(c) She is allowed to speak on her own behalf.
(d) She is convicted of gross lying in the court.

6. Why do the Puritans have such a strong impact on the national character, according to the narrator?
(a) Because they are among the first to arrive in a wild place.
(b) Because they are so dashing and heroic that everyone tells stories about them.
(c) Because they are so driven to evangelize to others.
(d) Because they persuade everyone else to emulate them.

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

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

9. Why do the Puritans disapprove of Thomas Morton?
(a) He barters guns and liquor to Indians.
(b) He does not pay his taxes.
(c) He is not married.
(d) He does not believe in God.

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

11. 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 is worried about who will take on his work after he dies.
(d) He has been a dedicated servant of the King and Queen for his entire life.

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

13. Why is De Soto uncertain whether he wants to meet Francisco Maldonado?
(a) He fears that Maldonado would antagonize the Indians.
(b) He thinks he might be forced to offer Maldonado some help.
(c) He thinks that Maldonado might get credit for De Soto's accomplishments.
(d) He does not get along with Maldonado.

14. What does Columbus want to do instead of traveling to the New World again?
(a) He wants to visit his family members in Portugal.
(b) He wants to go on vacation to someplace warm and tropical.
(c) He wants to go on a pilgrimmage to holy places.
(d) He wants to circumnavigate the globe.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the moral of the story about the lusty young man who fell overboard and was hauled back in?

2. What does Gregory mean when he says that "if anyone is looking for the secret of their good health and the freedom they exert within an individual speech and manner, it may be found in their determination to 'stay at home,' to accept the roots of their being and to grow slowly to their own maturity."

3. What happens when the Greenlanders fight with the people they meet in the New World?

4. When Champlain advocates on behalf of building a colony, what is the one personal favor he asks of the King of France?

5. Who does Cotton Mather say that New England belonged to before the New Englanders lived there?

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