In the American Grain Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Jones say he reacted to the damage incurred by the Bon Homme Richard?
(a) He tried his best to keep the ship afloat long enough to bring it into port.
(b) He had the ship sunk on purpose because it was no longer able to sail.
(c) He immediately evacuated all his men and supplies off the ship.
(d) He made a few repairs and then decided to abandon ship.

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

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

6. What famous ship does Williams say that a slave ship is the counterpart to?
(a) The Santa Maria.
(b) The Serapis.
(c) The Bon Homme Richard.
(d) The Mayflower.

7. What does Williams say that Americans think they will lose if they were ever to serve another person?
(a) Independence.
(b) Faith.
(c) Arrogance.
(d) Self-esteem.

8. 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.

9. Why does John Paul Jones write to Benjamin Franklin in "Battle Between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis"?
(a) To explain the circumstances leading up to the loss of a ship.
(b) To explain how ships could be better maintained so that they are more resistant to fires.
(c) To explain why he feels that naval policy should be changed.
(d) To explain the outcome of a recent battle.

10. Who does the narrator say was the only American ever to see General Washington in a towering rage?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) Benjamin Franklin.
(c) Aaron Burr.
(d) General Lee.

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

12. What moral weakness does the narrator comment on in Washington?
(a) His fondness for women.
(b) His laziness.
(c) His refusal to free his slaves.
(d) His tendency to drink too much.

13. Why does Williams say that it is "water from a spring" to talk to M?
(a) Because M uses such original language.
(b) Because M is always so cheerful.
(c) Because M likes the rain in the spring.
(d) Because M lives near a spring.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What makes Daniel Boone different from other settlers, according to the narrator?

2. Who does Lincoln say he owes everything he is or ever will be to?

3. What does Jacataqua ask Aaron Burr to do?

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

5. Which of the following adjectives best describes the narrator's experience of Paris?

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