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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does Gregory say is depicted more boldly by Williams than by any other writer?
(a) Abraham Lincoln.
(b) Aaron Burr.
(c) Cotton Mather.
(d) George Washington.

2. What adjective does Williams use to describe Champlain?
(a) Delightful.
(b) Primitive.
(c) Opportunist.
(d) Loving.

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

4. 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 necessary to colonization.
(c) They are invented by all peoples.
(d) They are found in all villages.

5. Who does the narrator address "Sir Walter Raleigh" to?
(a) Sir Walter Raleigh.
(b) The reader.
(c) The Muse.
(d) Queen Elizabeth.

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

7. Why isn't the French Conquest as severe as the Spanish one?
(a) The Spanish want furs but the French want gold.
(b) The Spanish massacre Indians but the French just marry local women.
(c) The Spanish are much more gentle than the French.
(d) The Spanish have many explorers to help but the French have only a couple.

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

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

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

11. Why do the Puritans have such a strong impact on the national character, according to the narrator?
(a) Because they are so dashing and heroic that everyone tells stories about them.
(b) Because they are among the first to arrive in a wild place.
(c) Because they are so driven to evangelize to others.
(d) Because they persuade everyone else to emulate them.

12. Which of the following is one of the goals, listed by Cotton Mather, that the Puritans have in mind when they found their colonies?
(a) They want to know that every child, rich or poor, in the community would be able to read the Bible.
(b) They want a man to be able to spend seven years in the community and be able to say that he had not heard one oath sworn.
(c) They want to be sure that every person in the community went to church every Sunday.
(d) They want to be certain that every person in the community had enough to eat and drink.

13. What is the moral of the story about the lusty young man who fell overboard and was hauled back in?
(a) Tenacity and determination can save your life.
(b) It is important to pay attention so that you are not swept overboard.
(c) It is good to have friends who can help you when you need it.
(d) Faith and hope can see you through even tough times.

14. 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, but at least the voyages do not harm him financially.
(c) Yes, he is rewarded with all the gold he could ever want.
(d) No, he is left financially ruined and impoverished.

15. 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 fight back so fiercely that it is impossible to enslave any of them.
(c) They go into the forest and hang themselves from the trees.
(d) They try to negotiate for peace but cannot overcome the language barrier.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on the passage narrated by Eric the Red, which phrase do you think best describes Eric's character?

2. What is Tenochtitlan like?

3. What kind of woman is Freydis?

4. Who does Columbus write to while he is on his return voyage?

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

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