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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What pet is Ponce de Leon especially attached to?
(a) A dog.
(b) A snake.
(c) A cat.
(d) A bird.

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

3. What does the narrator say that the Puritans should be praised for?
(a) Their warmth.
(b) Their spirit.
(c) Their intelligence.
(d) Their toughness.

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

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) "Eric the Red is a marked man, beyond the law, so it would seem..."
(c) "This is my portion. I do not call it not to my liking. Hardship lives in me."
(d) "...this is what they say: Eric, son of evil, come and be forgiven."

6. What happens to Cortez when the Aztecs counterattack from outside the city?
(a) He loses everything and has to flee with his men.
(b) He is forced to negotiate a temporary treaty in order to escape with his life.
(c) He and his men defeat them easily.
(d) He and his men win after a long battle.

7. How does Williams suggest that Ponce de Leon feels when he hears about Cortez and the wealth of Montezuma?
(a) Happy.
(b) Jealous.
(c) Angry.
(d) Restless.

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

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

10. Why is Ponce de Leon free to go exploring in Florida?
(a) He has already accomplished all that he came for.
(b) He is not free to go, but goes anyway.
(c) He has been relieved of his job as Governor.
(d) He is independently wealthy and can do as he pleases.

11. What does Gregory think that In the American Grain is meant to do for the American national identity?
(a) Mock it.
(b) Shape it.
(c) Criticize it.
(d) Celebrate it.

12. 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 welcome them with open arms and a big feast.
(c) They slaughter the Caribs, leaving none alive.
(d) The Caribs kidnap their women and shoot their dog.

13. How does Ponce de Leon die?
(a) He dies of old age.
(b) He is killed by an Indian arrow.
(c) He is killed by his own men in a mutiny.
(d) He dies of disease.

14. What does Columbus think of the New World when he reaches it?
(a) He thinks it is the most beautiful place he has ever seen.
(b) He thinks that he would like to build a house and live there himself.
(c) He thinks that it is far too hot and humid for his taste.
(d) He thinks that it is too desolate to have any worthwhile resources.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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."

2. What explanation does the narrator give for the Puritans' lack of imagination?

3. How does the narrator describe the coastline of North America?

4. Why does "she" say that De Soto's men are beginning to hate him?

5. What does Cotton Mather say is the cause of the degeneracy of the New England community?

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