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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 does not pay his taxes.
(d) He is not married.

2. Where do De Soto and his men retreat to after the Indians burn their camp?
(a) Mabilla.
(b) Anhaica Apalachi.
(c) Chicacilla.
(d) Cutifachiqui.

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) American literature.
(c) Modern literature.
(d) English literature.

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

5. Which of the following statements shows that Eric the Red has accepted his fate?
(a) "One or the other of us had to die, under the natural circumstance."
(b) "This is my portion. I do not call it not to my liking. Hardship lives in me."
(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..."

6. What happens to Columbus on his return from his second voyage?
(a) He is forced to leave and sail to England instead.
(b) He is refused permission to land in Spain even though there was a terrible storm.
(c) He has to travel many miles out of his way because of a storm.
(d) He is forced to turn back and sail to the New World again.

7. What do bows and arrows, corn meal, and belief in a second life all have in common, according to the narrator of "Sir Walter Raleigh"?
(a) They are found in all villages.
(b) They are necessary to colonization.
(c) They are things all people can do without.
(d) They are invented by all peoples.

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

9. Why does Columbus count fewer leagues than he knows he has traveled?
(a) He is trying to trick the King and Queen by giving them false information in his letters.
(b) He is trying to check his navigational instruments to be sure that they are working properly.
(c) He is trying to test a new system of measurement to see which is most accurate.
(d) He is trying to reassure the crew that they have not traveled as far without seeing land as they think they have.

10. How do the Spanish justify killing so many peaceful islanders?
(a) They claim that Indians had no souls.
(b) They call the killings self-defense.
(c) They insist that God told them to do it.
(d) They say it is necessary to kill people to take the land for Spain.

11. 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.

12. Why does Williams criticize historian A. C. Adams at the beginning of "The May-Pole at Merry Mount"?
(a) For a lack of detail.
(b) For a lack of accuracy.
(c) For a lack of scale.
(d) For a lack of common sense.

13. 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?
(a) It is dangerous to get involved in history.
(b) Most Americans know little of history.
(c) History matters only to fools.
(d) History is full of lies.

14. What does Eric the Red say that his life is like now that he has been exiled?
(a) He is lonely and despondent.
(b) He is more well-admired than ever before.
(c) People try to kill him when they see him.
(d) People can steal from him at will.

15. What does Columbus do when he thinks the ship might capsize?
(a) He prays that the ship will make it back to Spain.
(b) He curses the day he ever set out to find the New World.
(c) He has a meeting of his crew and asks everyone to try his best.
(d) He puts a note in a cask and throws it into the sea.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Williams trying to tell the reader about Columbus when he quotes details about how harrowing the storms at sea during Columbus' voyages were?

2. What happens when Thorgest tries to steal from Eric the Red?

3. After Champlain picks out the site for the city and the men start working, what new complication arises to delay the progress of the building?

4. Who or what is Mabilla?

5. Who does the narrator say that the Puritans went on to persecute later?

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