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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does John Paul Jones write to Benjamin Franklin in "Battle Between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis"?
(a) To explain why he feels that naval policy should be changed.
(b) To explain the circumstances leading up to the loss of a ship.
(c) To explain how ships could be better maintained so that they are more resistant to fires.
(d) To explain the outcome of a recent battle.

2. How does Williams say that intense emotions affect our perceptions of things?
(a) They make everything larger.
(b) They make everything confusing.
(c) They make everything harder.
(d) They make everything better.

3. What does Williams say that Lincoln should be depicted as when a sculpture is made to memorialize him?
(a) A woman.
(b) A man.
(c) A scholar.
(d) A soldier.

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

5. What does Williams say that many American crimes are caused by?
(a) Religious intolerance.
(b) Cultural hatred.
(c) Spiritual starvation.
(d) Passion and anger.

6. What does Williams say is the one thing that Americans fear more than anything else in the world?
(a) Poverty.
(b) Knowledge.
(c) Touch.
(d) War.

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

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

9. 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.

10. What does Poe call Longfellow?
(a) A plagiarist.
(b) A shyster.
(c) An ignoramus.
(d) A thief.

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

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

13. 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?
(a) A housewife.
(b) A hog.
(c) A child.
(d) The President.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Williams say that Lincoln finds no relief from?

2. What does Houston do after he resigns as Governor of Tennessee?

3. What does Jacataqua ask Aaron Burr to do?

4. What does William Carlos Williams say is the most important thing to remember about people who are descended from Africans who were brought to the Americas in slavery?

5. 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"?

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