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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who tells Ponce de Leon there is a fountain of youth?
(a) An old woman.
(b) A child.
(c) One of his own men.
(d) An old man.

2. What does the narrator admire about the Pilgrims?
(a) Their devotion to religion.
(b) Their imagination and ingenuity.
(c) Their fierceness and hard work.
(d) Their respect for authority.

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

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

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

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

7. Why does "she" say that De Soto's men are beginning to hate him?
(a) Because they have become infected with diseases and are experiencing epidemics.
(b) Because he has subjected them to many hardships and they have found no gold.
(c) Because they are worried that they will never make it back to Spain.
(d) Because they are afraid that they will all be killed in battle.

8. What happens when Bridget Bishop attempts to plead not guilty?
(a) She is denied the chance to hear the witnesses against her.
(b) She is allowed to speak on her own behalf.
(c) She is tortured until she confesses.
(d) She is convicted of gross lying in the court.

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

10. How does Montezuma try to get Cortez to stay on the coast and not enter the interior?
(a) He sends poisoned food.
(b) He sends troops to attack.
(c) He sends a threatening letter.
(d) He sends gifts to Cortez.

11. Which of the following statements shows that Eric the Red has accepted his fate?
(a) "Eric the Red is a marked man, beyond the law, so it would seem..."
(b) "This is my portion. I do not call it not to my liking. Hardship lives in me."
(c) "...this is what they say: Eric, son of evil, come and be forgiven."
(d) "One or the other of us had to die, under the natural circumstance."

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

13. Why do the Puritans disapprove of Thomas Morton?
(a) He is not married.
(b) He does not believe in God.
(c) He does not pay his taxes.
(d) He barters guns and liquor to Indians.

14. What does Montezuma tell Cortez?
(a) That the Aztecs will welcome the Spanish as Allies and help them to defeat the countryside.
(b) That the Spanish cannot hope to defeat such a large and well-supplied enemy.
(c) That Montezuma is not a god, but flesh and blood like other men.
(d) That Cortez is not a god, but flesh and blood like other men.

15. Why is De Soto uncertain whether he wants to meet Francisco Maldonado?
(a) He thinks he might be forced to offer Maldonado some help.
(b) He does not get along with Maldonado.
(c) He thinks that Maldonado might get credit for De Soto's accomplishments.
(d) He fears that Maldonado would antagonize the Indians.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who did Ponce de Leon's pilot previously work for?

4. What adjective does Williams use to describe Champlain?

5. What does the narrator say that Queen Elizabeth did not trust Raleigh enough to let him do?

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