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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the moral of the story about the rough sailor who falls sick, dies, and is thrown overboard?
(a) The sea can hide any secret.
(b) What happens to the body is not important.
(c) God smites those who use profanity.
(d) Good hygiene was the key to survival on ships.

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

3. Who is Freydis?
(a) Eric the Red's daughter.
(b) Eric the Red's sister.
(c) Eric the Red's wife.
(d) Eric the Red's lover.

4. 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?
(a) To show the lyricism of Williams' prose.
(b) To demonstrate that history must judge the actions of historical figures.
(c) To suggest that even Williams cannot answer all of history's questions.
(d) To prove that Walter Raleigh was a coward.

5. What incident "greatly annoys" Champlain and delays the construction of Quebec?
(a) A disagreement among the settlers about where to locate the city.
(b) A very severe series of thunderstorms.
(c) A fur trade dispute with a Basque ship.
(d) A battle with the Indians.

6. What happens when Thorgest tries to steal from Eric the Red?
(a) Eric the Red decides to steal from Thorgest in return, on his way into exile.
(b) Eric the Red tries to remove his property, but Eric the Red's two sons are killed in the melee.
(c) Eric the Red has to give in and let Thorgest take his property.
(d) Eric the Red removes his property, and in the ensuing chase, two of Thorgest's sons are killed.

7. How does the narrator describe the coastline of North America?
(a) As a land of plenty.
(b) As a swamp-infested hell.
(c) As a land rich in mineral resources.
(d) As a wilderness full of savages.

8. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?
(a) Poetic.
(b) Traditional.
(c) Fresh.
(d) Creative.

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

10. How does De Soto keep his men alive when the maize crop fails?
(a) He gives each man 1/2 pound of pork daily.
(b) He writes to Spain for help.
(c) He sends the men out to hunt and fish.
(d) He rations corn.

11. What does Cotton Mather say is the cause of the degeneracy of the New England community?
(a) People like Thomas Morton are undermining the values of the community.
(b) The Devil is making one more try to debauch the Puritans.
(c) Children are becoming undisciplined and grow up to think they can do whatever they wish.
(d) The Indians are setting a bad example for the colonists.

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

13. What author does Gregory say is never accused of being insincere?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) William Carlos Williams.
(d) Homer.

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

15. 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 sure that Columbus always had seaworthy ships and experienced sailors.
(d) The promise to make Columbus Chief Admiral of the Ocean Sea and perpetual Viceroy and Governor of all the land he should discover.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who tells Ponce de Leon there is a fountain of youth?

2. What does Eric the Red say that his life is like now that he has been exiled?

3. Which of the following names does the narrator call Raleigh?

4. When Champlain advocates on behalf of building a colony, what is the one personal favor he asks of the King of France?

5. According to the narrator, which of the following is a logical outgrowth of the Puritan spirit?

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