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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does Williams feel that women especially appreciated Burr?
(a) Burr was extremely handsome and dashing.
(b) Burr treated women with respect and wanted them to be free.
(c) Burr did not care about religion.
(d) Burr was well-educated and had a distinguished military record.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. What makes Daniel Boone different from other settlers, according to the narrator?
(a) He is not afraid to go west into the wilderness.
(b) He does not consider himself an American citizen.
(c) He is at war with the Indians he met.
(d) He started new communities wherever he went.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What event has distracted historians from telling the whole story about Burr?

2. What characteristic does Boone have to have in order to live the kind of life that he lived?

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

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

5. What does Williams say that Americans think they will lose if they were ever to serve another person?

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