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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How do the Spanish justify killing so many peaceful islanders?
(a) They say it is necessary to kill people to take the land for Spain.
(b) They call the killings self-defense.
(c) They insist that God told them to do it.
(d) They claim that Indians had no souls.

2. What kind of woman is Freydis?
(a) Submissive.
(b) Dedicated.
(c) Fierce.
(d) Foolish.

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

4. How does Freydis handle her quarrel with the two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi?
(a) She goes to court against the brothers and sues them, winning her case and forcing them to pay a fine.
(b) She steals property from the brothers and refuses to give it back, claiming that it will compensate her for the quarrel.
(c) She talks to her neighbors about the brothers, turning the community against them until they are forced into exile.
(d) She tricks her husband into killing them, and kills the women of their household herself.

5. What happens to Columbus on his return from his second voyage?
(a) He is forced to turn back and sail to the New World again.
(b) He has to travel many miles out of his way because of a storm.
(c) He is refused permission to land in Spain even though there was a terrible storm.
(d) He is forced to leave and sail to England instead.

6. What does the narrator say about the Puritan soul?
(a) It is large and generous.
(b) It is kind and warmhearted.
(c) It is small and empty.
(d) It is rich and nourishing.

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

8. 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 found in all villages.
(b) They are necessary to colonization.
(c) They are things all people can do without.
(d) They are invented by all peoples.

9. What does Gregory mean when he says that "if anyone is looking for the secret of their good health and the freedom they exert within an individual speech and manner, it may be found in their determination to 'stay at home,' to accept the roots of their being and to grow slowly to their own maturity."
(a) To be free you have to break apart from your background and upbringing.
(b) Only staying at home can free you to travel elsewhere.
(c) To be truly free, you have to be true to yourself and your heritage.
(d) Freedom is based on ideas, not experiences.

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

11. 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 try to negotiate for peace but cannot overcome the language barrier.
(d) They go into the forest and hang themselves from the trees.

12. Why does Columbus count fewer leagues than he knows he has traveled?
(a) He is trying to test a new system of measurement to see which is most accurate.
(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 reassure the crew that they have not traveled as far without seeing land as they think they have.

13. When Columbus finally lands in Spain after his second voyage, what happens to him?
(a) He is arrested, and everything he owns is taken away and sold, even the clothing he wore.
(b) He is welcomed but told that the sovereigns cannot afford to pay for another voyage.
(c) He is celebrated and paraded through the streets as a returning hero.
(d) He is attacked by mobs of people who do not approve of his travels to the New World.

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

15. What happens to Columbus when he finally makes it back to Spain?
(a) He is accused of making a deal with the King of Portugal.
(b) He loses his religious faith and decides to leave the Church.
(c) Storms make it impossible to set sail again for several months.
(d) The King and Queen refuse to finance any future trips to the New World.

Short Answer Questions

1. What author does Gregory say is never accused of being insincere?

2. Why is Ponce de Leon free to go exploring in Florida?

3. What does Queen Elizabeth force Raleigh to do when she calls him back from the fleet's attack on Spain?

4. Why do the Aztecs have two aqueducts?

5. What do Indian envoys bring to De Soto and his men?

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