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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Founding Father refers to Aaron Burr as dangerous?
(a) James Madison.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

2. 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 never tells the truth.
(c) History never lies.
(d) History is often bound by prejudice.

3. According to the narrator, what was Boone's emotional state when he lived alone in the wilderness for three months?
(a) Worry.
(b) Fear.
(c) Exhilaration.
(d) Ecstasy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What happens to the barge that is towing John Paul Jones' ship?
(a) The barge sinks in a storm at sea.
(b) The bargemen cut the tow rope and steal the barge.
(c) The barge is taken over by mutinous sailors.
(d) The barge catches fire in the battle.

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

12. What characteristic drives Franklin's curiosity, according to one of the narrators of "Poor Richard"?
(a) Thrift.
(b) Timidity.
(c) Vexation.
(d) Beauty.

13. What event in Poe's life trapped him in his poetry?
(a) The end of the war.
(b) The birth of his child.
(c) The destruction of his home.
(d) The death of his wife.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the narrator for the first part of "Poor Richard"?

2. Why does Houston resign as Governor of Tennessee?

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

4. What does Poe call Longfellow?

5. What reason does the narrator give for believing that Americans have trouble understanding their own national character?

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