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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Tenochtitlan like?
(a) It is a tiny village. The people living there are starving to death, and can offer no resistance to the Spanish.
(b) It is a masterpiece of engineering; clean, with wide roads and canals, and full of beautiful gardens and markets.
(c) It is a fortress located high in the mountains, remote and impenetrable.
(d) It is a small town surrounded by stone walls, with a large castle in the middle.

2. Why does Cortez finally burn the city?
(a) To demoralize the Aztecs so that they would stop resisting him so fiercely.
(b) To kill the inhabitants of the city who were trapped inside.
(c) To destroy a place which would have given refuge to the forces that were opposing him.
(d) To give glory to the Christian God by destroying temples full of idols.

3. 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.

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

5. Who is Juan Ortiz?
(a) The leader of the Indian community that helped De Soto and his men to survive the first winter.
(b) De Soto's brother who accompanied him on the expedition and on whom De Soto relied.
(c) A Spanish soldier separated from an earlier expedition who lived with the Indians for 12 years.
(d) De Soto's commanding officer, stationed in Cuba, to whom De Soto writes letters.

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

7. Who or what is Mabilla?
(a) The town where the Tuscaloosa attacked De Soto and his men.
(b) The river along which De Soto and his men were traveling.
(c) The place Do Soto had heard of, called a "country toward the rising sun."
(d) The woman who traveled with De Soto and translated for him.

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

9. Why does Williams criticize historian A. C. Adams at the beginning of "The May-Pole at Merry Mount"?
(a) For a lack of accuracy.
(b) For a lack of scale.
(c) For a lack of detail.
(d) For a lack of common sense.

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

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

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

13. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?
(a) He finds her later working as a slave.
(b) He accidentally kills her without knowing who she is.
(c) His men capture her and steal the crucifix back.
(d) He finds her later under a bush with her hands cut off.

14. What does Columbus do when he thinks the ship might capsize?
(a) He curses the day he ever set out to find the New World.
(b) He prays that the ship will make it back to Spain.
(c) He puts a note in a cask and throws it into the sea.
(d) He has a meeting of his crew and asks everyone to try his best.

15. 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 Indians are setting a bad example for the colonists.
(c) The Devil is making one more try to debauch the Puritans.
(d) Children are becoming undisciplined and grow up to think they can do whatever they wish.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much time does Samuel de Champlain spend in North America before he is permitted to establish a French colony?

2. Why are the Puritans important, according to the narrator?

3. What incident "greatly annoys" Champlain and delays the construction of Quebec?

4. What adjective does Williams use to describe Champlain?

5. What happens when the Greenlanders fight with the people they meet in the New World?

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