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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What moral weakness does the narrator comment on in Washington?
(a) His refusal to free his slaves.
(b) His laziness.
(c) His tendency to drink too much.
(d) His fondness for women.
2. What category of people does Williams say that Houston fits into?
(a) Those who come up from under.
(b) Those who never struggle or try to succeed.
(c) Those who tread water their entire lives.
(d) Those who go under and then drown.
3. 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.
4. What happens to Pere Rasles?
(a) He dies peacefully of old age.
(b) He is assassinated by the English.
(c) He is killed by the Abnaki.
(d) He is killed by enemies of the Abnaki.
5. What does Williams say that Lincoln finds no relief from?
6. What does Williams say that many American crimes are caused by?
(a) Cultural hatred.
(b) Religious intolerance.
(c) Spiritual starvation.
(d) Passion and anger.
7. Who raises Sam Houston during the early years of his life?
(a) The Cherokee.
(b) The Tuscaloosa.
(c) The Winnebago.
(d) The Abnaki.
8. What does Williams compare the various incidents of Lincoln's life to?
(a) Dancers doing a series of intricately choreographed steps.
(b) Instruments playing in an orchestra.
(c) Ridges of a sculpture that should be made of Lincoln.
(d) Lines in a carefully crafted poem.
9. What feature does Williams say most shapes Edgar Allen Poe's work?
(a) His ancestry.
(b) His education.
(c) His locality.
(d) His religion.
10. When does Houston defeat Santa Ana?
(a) During World War I.
(b) During the battle for Texan independence.
(c) During the Civil War.
(d) During the Revolutionary War.
11. How does Williams say that intense emotions affect our perceptions of things?
(a) They make everything better.
(b) They make everything confusing.
(c) They make everything harder.
(d) They make everything larger.
12. How can Boone's attitude toward Indians best be described?
13. 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.
14. What makes Daniel Boone different from other settlers, according to the narrator?
(a) He started new communities wherever he went.
(b) He does not consider himself an American citizen.
(c) He is at war with the Indians he met.
(d) He is not afraid to go west into the wilderness.
15. Which Founding Father refers to Aaron Burr as dangerous?
(a) Alexander Hamilton.
(b) James Madison.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Williams say is the one thing that Americans fear more than anything else in the world?
2. What does Williams say that Americans think they will lose if they were ever to serve another person?
3. Who is the narrator for the first part of "Poor Richard"?
4. What does Jacataqua ask Aaron Burr to do?
5. 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?
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