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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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 only like to think about the future.
(c) Americans do not like to admit that they have origins and a history.
(d) Americans do not have any character left, only emptiness.
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 is often bound by prejudice.
(d) History never lies.
3. 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 it was his duty to serve.
(d) He felt his terms of office were a failure.
4. What kind of position is Jones' squadron in when the battle begins?
(a) Jones has the same number of ships as the enemy.
(b) Jones has fewer ships, but is in a better position geographically than the enemy is.
(c) Jones has 20 ships and is at a strong advantage.
(d) Jones has only three ships left and is at a severe disadvantage.
5. Who does the narrator say was the only American ever to see General Washington in a towering rage?
(a) Aaron Burr.
(b) General Lee.
(c) Thomas Jefferson.
(d) Benjamin Franklin.
6. How does Jones say he reacted to the damage incurred by the Bon Homme Richard?
(a) He immediately evacuated all his men and supplies off the ship.
(b) He had the ship sunk on purpose because it was no longer able to sail.
(c) He made a few repairs and then decided to abandon ship.
(d) He tried his best to keep the ship afloat long enough to bring it into port.
7. Why does Franklin recommend against trying to make money in America through manufacturing?
(a) To do well in manufacturing, you need large numbers of poor people who are willing to work for low wages.
(b) Few ships travel to America, so manufacturers could not market their goods to foreign ports.
(c) America does not have enough raw materials to do well at manufacturing any items of commercial value.
(d) There are no cities in America in which to build manufacturing plants.
8. What does Williams say that Lincoln should be depicted as when a sculpture is made to memorialize him?
(a) A scholar.
(b) A woman.
(c) A man.
(d) A soldier.
9. What characteristic drives Franklin's curiosity, according to one of the narrators of "Poor Richard"?
10. What does Williams say that many American crimes are caused by?
(a) Religious intolerance.
(b) Spiritual starvation.
(c) Cultural hatred.
(d) Passion and anger.
11. What does Williams admire about Poe's choice of words?
(a) Poe's words are not associated with anything else but thoughts and ideas.
(b) Poe's words carry shades of other meanings that come from their usage elsewhere.
(c) Poe's words are beautiful to listen to if you read them out loud.
(d) Poe's words can be recognized out of context because they are so original.
12. What does Williams say is the one thing that Americans fear more than anything else in the world?
13. Why does Houston resign as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) His new wife leaves him after three months.
(b) He wants to move further to the West.
(c) He wants to join the Army.
(d) He misses living with the Indians.
14. How can Boone's attitude toward Indians best be described?
15. What happens to the barge that is towing John Paul Jones' ship?
(a) The bargemen cut the tow rope and steal the barge.
(b) The barge catches fire in the battle.
(c) The barge sinks in a storm at sea.
(d) The barge is taken over by mutinous sailors.
Short Answer Questions
1. What feature does Williams say most shapes Edgar Allen Poe's work?
2. How does Poe respond to Lowell's criticism of him in verse?
3. What does Williams say that Africans came enslaved from Africa for?
4. What does Houston do after he resigns as Governor of Tennessee?
5. Why does the narrator admire Pere Rasles?
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