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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Williams, referring to the King's and Queen's promises to Columbus, remarks, "What power had such ridiculous little promises to stay a man against that terrific downpour on the brink of which they were all floating?". What promises is Williams referring to?
(a) The promise to pay Columbus in gold for his voyages.
(b) The promise to have Columbus' story printed in the newspapers so that everyone could appreciate his accomplishment.
(c) The promise to make Columbus Chief Admiral of the Ocean Sea and perpetual Viceroy and Governor of all the land he should discover.
(d) The promise to make sure that Columbus always had seaworthy ships and experienced sailors.

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

3. What kind of literature does Gregory say is forced to answer the question of whether or not it is sincere?
(a) Classical literature.
(b) Modern literature.
(c) American literature.
(d) English literature.

4. What are Bridget Bishop and Susanna Martin indicted for?
(a) Stealing.
(b) Witchcraft.
(c) Whoring.
(d) Drunkenness.

5. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?
(a) He finds her later under a bush with her hands cut off.
(b) He accidentally kills her without knowing who she is.
(c) He finds her later working as a slave.
(d) His men capture her and steal the crucifix back.

6. What does the narrator say that Queen Elizabeth did not trust Raleigh enough to let him do?
(a) Serve on great councils.
(b) Marry one of her maids.
(c) Serve in the army.
(d) Go on voyages of exploration.

7. What does the following sentence mean? "Rather the ice than their way: to take what is mine by single strength, theirs by the crookedness of their law."
(a) Eric the Red has chosen to leave Iceland of his own accord.
(b) Eric the Red feels remorseful about the murder he committed and willingly accepts punishment.
(c) Eric the Red considers his unjust exile to be more honorable than staying in Iceland.
(d) Eric the Red prefers places that are cold and icy.

8. Which chapter does Gregory say is in some ways the product of the era in which it was written?
(a) The chapter on Daniel Boone.
(b) The chapter on Cotton Mather.
(c) The chapter on John Paul Jones.
(d) The chapter on Christopher Columbus.

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

10. 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."
(a) To be free you have to break apart from your background and upbringing.
(b) To be truly free, you have to be true to yourself and your heritage.
(c) Freedom is based on ideas, not experiences.
(d) Only staying at home can free you to travel elsewhere.

11. What does Queen Elizabeth force Raleigh to do when she calls him back from the fleet's attack on Spain?
(a) Become a diplomat.
(b) Marry one of her maids.
(c) Join the crew of a ship heading to the Americas.
(d) Travel to Africa.

12. How much time does Samuel de Champlain spend in North America before he is permitted to establish a French colony?
(a) Three years.
(b) Five years.
(c) Fifteen years.
(d) Ten years.

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

14. What is Tenochtitlan like?
(a) It is a tiny village. The people living there are starving to death, and can offer no resistance to the Spanish.
(b) It is a small town surrounded by stone walls, with a large castle in the middle.
(c) It is a fortress located high in the mountains, remote and impenetrable.
(d) It is a masterpiece of engineering; clean, with wide roads and canals, and full of beautiful gardens and markets.

15. How does the death of Juan Ortiz affect De Soto?
(a) It leaves him without a doctor.
(b) It leaves him without a translator.
(c) It leaves him without a single soldier who knows the way back.
(d) It makes him feel lonely and wish he had a friend.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to Cortez when the Aztecs counterattack from outside the city?

2. 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?

3. What pet is Ponce de Leon especially attached to?

4. Who does the narrator address "Sir Walter Raleigh" to?

5. 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?

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