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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) The President.
(d) A child.

3. What characteristic does Boone have to have in order to live the kind of life that he lived?
(a) Desire to earn money.
(b) An appreciation for solitude.
(c) Lack of concern for his own safety.
(d) Drive to develop land for investment purposes.

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

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

6. How can Boone's attitude toward Indians best be described?
(a) Competitive.
(b) Paternalistic.
(c) Admiring.
(d) Contemptuous.

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

8. 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.

9. How does Jones feel about the battle?
(a) He says that it is horrifying.
(b) He says that it is exciting.
(c) He says that it is beautiful.
(d) He says that it is necessary.

10. What warning does Williams give the reader about history at the beginning of "The Virtue of History"?
(a) History never lies.
(b) History is written by the victors.
(c) History is often bound by prejudice.
(d) History never tells the truth.

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

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

13. What does the narrator say was the place where Washington most liked to be?
(a) In the capital.
(b) Home.
(c) Exploring the frontier.
(d) In the field with his troops.

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

15. 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 go under and then drown.
(d) Those who tread water their entire lives.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Who raises Sam Houston during the early years of his life?

4. What part of Poe's reputation does Williams say is undeserved?

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

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