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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Houston resign as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) He wants to move further to the West.
(b) He misses living with the Indians.
(c) He wants to join the Army.
(d) His new wife leaves him after three months.

2. What do Burr's critics say about him when he runs for office?
(a) He does not have enough experience or education.
(b) He is corrupt and would misuse power.
(c) He is frivolous and immoral.
(d) He is secretly a Royalist.

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

4. 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 do not have any character left, only emptiness.
(c) Americans think that all Americans are Native Americans.
(d) Americans do not like to admit that they have origins and a history.

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

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

7. Why does Williams say that it is "water from a spring" to talk to M?
(a) Because M is always so cheerful.
(b) Because M lives near a spring.
(c) Because M likes the rain in the spring.
(d) Because M uses such original language.

8. 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) Dignity.
(d) Love.

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

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

11. What famous ship does Williams say that a slave ship is the counterpart to?
(a) The Mayflower.
(b) The Santa Maria.
(c) The Bon Homme Richard.
(d) The Serapis.

12. What moral weakness does the narrator comment on in Washington?
(a) His tendency to drink too much.
(b) His refusal to free his slaves.
(c) His laziness.
(d) His fondness for women.

13. Who does Lincoln say he owes everything he is or ever will be to?
(a) His devoted wife.
(b) His faithful housekeeper.
(c) His angel mother.
(d) His loving sister.

14. 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 child.
(b) A housewife.
(c) The President.
(d) A hog.

15. What virtue does the narrator say that Washington particularly valued in his troops?
(a) Patience.
(b) Obedience.
(c) Hard work.
(d) Honesty.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the narrator's interlocutor, Valyry Larbaud, admire about the Puritans?

3. Which of the following adjectives best describes the narrator's experience of Paris?

4. What category of people does Williams say that Houston fits into?

5. What does Williams say that Lincoln should be depicted as when a sculpture is made to memorialize him?

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