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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Does Columbus profit from his trips to the New World?
(a) No, but at least the voyages do not harm him financially.
(b) Yes, he is rewarded with all the gold he could ever want.
(c) Yes, he is able to sell many things that he took from the islands.
(d) No, he is left financially ruined and impoverished.

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

6. How does Freydis handle her quarrel with the two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi?
(a) She talks to her neighbors about the brothers, turning the community against them until they are forced into exile.
(b) She goes to court against the brothers and sues them, winning her case and forcing them to pay a fine.
(c) She tricks her husband into killing them, and kills the women of their household herself.
(d) She steals property from the brothers and refuses to give it back, claiming that it will compensate her for the quarrel.

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 things all people can do without.
(b) They are invented by all peoples.
(c) They are necessary to colonization.
(d) They are found in all villages.

8. How does Montezuma treat hungry people in the capital?
(a) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.
(b) He opens his larder to all who wish to eat and drink.
(c) He gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.
(d) He refuses to feed the hungry, demanding instead that they pay tribute to him.

9. What explanation does the narrator give for the Puritans' lack of imagination?
(a) They believe that God does not approve of imagination.
(b) They are afraid being imaginative would cut them off from the others.
(c) They think their lives depend on doing things the same way every time.
(d) They do not have materials with which to exercise their creativity.

10. What is the outcome of Freydis' actions?
(a) Freydis is tried in criminal court and jailed for her actions.
(b) Freydis' family is always thought to be evil after that.
(c) Freydis is exiled from her community like Eric the Red.
(d) Freydis becomes a politician and the leader of her community.

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

12. What does Montezuma do when Cortez enters the capital?
(a) He makes Cortez the monarch.
(b) He fights against Cortez and dies.
(c) He forces Cortez to accept Aztec authority.
(d) He negotiates a peace treaty that makes him equal to Cortez.

13. What happens when the Greenlanders fight with the people they meet in the New World?
(a) Helgi and Finnbogi save Freydis' life, rescuing her just as their enemies in the New World were about to kill her.
(b) Eric the Red appears with a group of young Greenlander sailors, and the Greenlanders gain the advantage in the fight.
(c) The Greenlanders are defeated by the people of the New World and flee in shame.
(d) The other Greenlanders begin to flee, but Freydis grabs a sword and fights so hard that she frightens their enemies into fleeing.

14. What adjective does the narrator use to describe the Pilgrims' eagerness to share their beliefs?
(a) Fierce.
(b) Bold.
(c) Hard-working.
(d) Dreadful.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following quotations reveals Williams' opinion of Cortez?

2. What are Bridget Bishop and Susanna Martin indicted for?

3. What happens to Thomas Morton as a result of the Maypole celebration?

4. 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..."

5. Why isn't the French Conquest as severe as the Spanish one?

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