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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Based on the passage narrated by Eric the Red, which phrase do you think best describes Eric's character?
(a) Evil and malicious.
(b) Rigid and formal.
(c) Good-natured and affectionate.
(d) Deeply religious.

2. Who is Juan Ortiz?
(a) De Soto's brother who accompanied him on the expedition and on whom De Soto relied.
(b) The leader of the Indian community that helped De Soto and his men to survive the first winter.
(c) De Soto's commanding officer, stationed in Cuba, to whom De Soto writes letters.
(d) A Spanish soldier separated from an earlier expedition who lived with the Indians for 12 years.

3. According to the narrator, which of the following is a logical outgrowth of the Puritan spirit?
(a) Democracy and collective responsibility.
(b) Creativity and genius.
(c) Inventiveness and resourcefulness.
(d) Know-nothingism and opportunism.

4. 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 considers his unjust exile to be more honorable than staying in Iceland.
(b) Eric the Red prefers places that are cold and icy.
(c) Eric the Red has chosen to leave Iceland of his own accord.
(d) Eric the Red feels remorseful about the murder he committed and willingly accepts punishment.

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

6. Who is "beautiful as a cane box"?
(a) The male narrator.
(b) The female narrator.
(c) De Soto.
(d) The Tuscaloosa.

7. Who is Thomas Morton?
(a) A soldier.
(b) A historian.
(c) A writer.
(d) A colonist.

8. How do many of the Indians react when the Spanish begin to enslave them?
(a) They willingly accept enslavement in order not to be murdered.
(b) They try to negotiate for peace but cannot overcome the language barrier.
(c) They fight back so fiercely that it is impossible to enslave any of them.
(d) They go into the forest and hang themselves from the trees.

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

10. Where does Eric the Red go to start over?
(a) America.
(b) Norway.
(c) Iceland.
(d) Greenland.

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

12. When Champlain advocates on behalf of building a colony, what is the one personal favor he asks of the King of France?
(a) A monopoly of the fur trade for three years.
(b) A priest and doctor who could live in the colony.
(c) A grant of supplies and men.
(d) A gift of firearms for defense and for trade.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why do Ponce de Leon and his men travel north?

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

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

4. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?

5. Why do the Aztecs have two aqueducts?

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