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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What event has distracted historians from telling the whole story about Burr?
(a) The duel with Alexander Hamilton.
(b) Shea's rebellion.
(c) The French and Indian War.
(d) The American Revolution.

2. What does Williams say that Africans came enslaved from Africa for?
(a) Hope.
(b) Racism.
(c) Agriculture.
(d) Nothing.

3. What makes Daniel Boone different from other settlers, according to the narrator?
(a) He does not consider himself an American citizen.
(b) He is not afraid to go west into the wilderness.
(c) He is at war with the Indians he met.
(d) He started new communities wherever he went.

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

5. Who is the narrator for the second half of "Poor Richard"?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) An American Indian.
(c) William Carlos Williams.
(d) An average American.

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

7. What state does Houston become Governor of, and later serve as a U.S. Senator from?
(a) Texas.
(b) Arizona.
(c) Nevada.
(d) New Mexico.

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

9. What does Jacataqua ask Aaron Burr to do?
(a) Sleep with her.
(b) Eat with her.
(c) Hunt with her.
(d) Fight. with her.

10. What does Williams say that Lincoln finds no relief from?
(a) Debt.
(b) Loneliness.
(c) Bewilderment.
(d) Madness.

11. How does Poe respond to Lowell's criticism of him in verse?
(a) He says that Mr. Lowell should stick to writing about topics that he knows more about.
(b) He says that Mr. Lowell does not understand what makes his work unique and original.
(c) He says that he does not write for Mr. Lowell or for any other man but for himself.
(d) He says that Mr. Lowell should not use the anapestic rhythm, as he does not have an ear for it.

12. What does Williams say that people of color excel at, more so than any white person?
(a) Cooking and planning a gourmet menu.
(b) Singing jazz music and spirituals.
(c) Cleanliness and picking out beautiful fabrics to wear.
(d) Dancing and playing sports.

13. Who raises Sam Houston during the early years of his life?
(a) The Tuscaloosa.
(b) The Cherokee.
(c) The Abnaki.
(d) The Winnebago.

14. What does Williams say that American families cheat their daughters out of by trying to frighten them into delaying the loss of their virginity?
(a) Romance.
(b) Sex.
(c) Love.
(d) Dignity.

15. What do you think that Williams means when he says that Lincoln's assassination shows the "brutalizing desolation of life in America up to that time"?
(a) Williams is referring to the fact that few Americans lived to reach old age during Lincoln's day.
(b) Williams is referring to the violence of American life.
(c) Williams is referring to the personal depression of many Americans during the Civil War.
(d) Williams is referring to the desolate landscape that was left after many cities were burned during the Civil War.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Poe call Longfellow?

2. What does the narrator say was the place where Washington most liked to be?

3. Who is the only person in America who can live a life of leisure, like a gentleman, according to an early American saying that Franklin mentions?

4. What does Williams admire about Poe's choice of words?

5. How does Jones say he reacted to the damage incurred by the Bon Homme Richard?

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