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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Williams admire about Poe's choice of words?
(a) Poe's words are not associated with anything else but thoughts and ideas.
(b) Poe's words are beautiful to listen to if you read them out loud.
(c) Poe's words carry shades of other meanings that come from their usage elsewhere.
(d) Poe's words can be recognized out of context because they are so original.

2. What adjective does the narrator use to describe Boone's character?
(a) Temperamental.
(b) Brave.
(c) Strong.
(d) Mild.

3. According to the narrator, what was Boone's emotional state when he lived alone in the wilderness for three months?
(a) Worry.
(b) Exhilaration.
(c) Ecstasy.
(d) Fear.

4. What quality does Williams admire in the woman who lives in the "ramshackle castle" by the railroad tracks?
(a) Her religious devotion.
(b) Her creativity.
(c) Her musical ability.
(d) Her courage.

5. Who does the narrator say was the only American ever to see General Washington in a towering rage?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) General Lee.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Aaron Burr.

6. What does the narrator say about Washington's attitude toward the presidency?
(a) He regretted not having a Parliament.
(b) He felt it was his duty to serve.
(c) He craved power.
(d) He felt his terms of office were a failure.

7. Why does Franklin recommend against trying to make money in America through manufacturing?
(a) America does not have enough raw materials to do well at manufacturing any items of commercial value.
(b) To do well in manufacturing, you need large numbers of poor people who are willing to work for low wages.
(c) There are no cities in America in which to build manufacturing plants.
(d) Few ships travel to America, so manufacturers could not market their goods to foreign ports.

8. Which of the following adjectives best describes the narrator's experience of Paris?
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Disquieting.
(c) Disorienting.
(d) Productive.

9. What reason does the narrator give for believing that Americans have trouble understanding their own national character?
(a) Americans only like to think about the future.
(b) Americans think that all Americans are Native Americans.
(c) Americans do not like to admit that they have origins and a history.
(d) Americans do not have any character left, only emptiness.

10. What part of Poe's reputation does Williams say is undeserved?
(a) His reputation for poetic braggadocio.
(b) His reputation for the strange and macabre.
(c) His reputation for eccentricity.
(d) His reputation for criticizing other writers.

11. What does the narrator's interlocutor, Valyry Larbaud, admire about the Puritans?
(a) Their firm vigor.
(b) Their tolerance of other religions.
(c) Their intellectual ability.
(d) Their resourcefulness.

12. What does Houston do after he resigns as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) He settled down on a homestead and built a house.
(b) He goes West to explore.
(c) He decides to go back to school.
(d) He joins the Indians who had been relocated to Arkansas.

13. Which Founding Father refers to Aaron Burr as dangerous?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Alexander Hamilton.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

14. What does the "Poor Richard" narrator say is a common misconception that Europeans have about America?
(a) They can move there and quickly be elected to political office.
(b) Americans place a high value on leisure time and do not like to work.
(c) It is very hard to earn a living by farming in America.
(d) It is a dangerous place because there are so many Indian raids.

15. Why does the narrator admire Pere Rasles?
(a) He mapped the area where the Abnaki lived.
(b) He lived with the Abnaki Indians for 34 years.
(c) He provided useful information to the English.
(d) He converted many Puritans to Catholicism.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Houston resign as Governor of Tennessee?

2. How does Captain Landais' insubordination to John Paul Jones begin?

3. What does Williams say is the one thing that Americans fear more than anything else in the world?

4. How does the narrator say that Puritans viewed the Indian?

5. How does the narrator describe George Washington's character at the beginning of "George Washington"?

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