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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does the narrator say that Puritans viewed the Indian?
(a) As a degenerate.
(b) As a fellow Christian.
(c) As a savage devil.
(d) As an unformed Puritan.

3. What does Williams compare the various incidents of Lincoln's life to?
(a) Lines in a carefully crafted poem.
(b) Instruments playing in an orchestra.
(c) Ridges of a sculpture that should be made of Lincoln.
(d) Dancers doing a series of intricately choreographed steps.

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?
(a) They have managed to thrive despite adversity.
(b) They were forced to endure inhumane conditions at sea.
(c) They bring a certain quality to America with them.
(d) They speak many different languages.

5. What happens to Pere Rasles?
(a) He is assassinated by the English.
(b) He is killed by the Abnaki.
(c) He is killed by enemies of the Abnaki.
(d) He dies peacefully of old age.

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

7. Why does Williams think that Burr did not get along with Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson?
(a) They had not gotten along since the first time they had met.
(b) They campaigned against Burr when he ran for office.
(c) They favored a stronger central government than he did.
(d) They did not approve of Burr's affairs with women.

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

9. 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) Sex.
(b) Romance.
(c) Dignity.
(d) Love.

10. What does the narrator's interlocutor, Valyry Larbaud, admire about the Puritans?
(a) Their tolerance of other religions.
(b) Their resourcefulness.
(c) Their firm vigor.
(d) Their intellectual ability.

11. What feature does Williams say most shapes Edgar Allen Poe's work?
(a) His ancestry.
(b) His education.
(c) His religion.
(d) His locality.

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

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

14. Which of the following adjectives best describes the narrator's experience of Paris?
(a) Peaceful.
(b) Disorienting.
(c) Disquieting.
(d) Productive.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Williams say that people of color excel at, more so than any white person?

2. Who is the narrator for the second half of "Poor Richard"?

3. What does the "Poor Richard" narrator say is a common misconception that Europeans have about America?

4. How does Poe respond to Lowell's criticism of him in verse?

5. What adjective does the narrator use to describe Boone's character?

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