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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. What adjective does the narrator use to describe Boone's character?
(a) Brave.
(b) Temperamental.
(c) Mild.
(d) Strong.

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

6. Why does the narrator admire Pere Rasles?
(a) He lived with the Abnaki Indians for 34 years.
(b) He converted many Puritans to Catholicism.
(c) He mapped the area where the Abnaki lived.
(d) He provided useful information to the English.

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

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

9. What does Williams admire about Poe's choice of words?
(a) Poe's words carry shades of other meanings that come from their usage elsewhere.
(b) Poe's words can be recognized out of context because they are so original.
(c) Poe's words are beautiful to listen to if you read them out loud.
(d) Poe's words are not associated with anything else but thoughts and ideas.

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

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

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

13. How does Captain Landais' insubordination to John Paul Jones begin?
(a) He accuses Jones of failing to pursue the enemy as vigorously as possible.
(b) He accuses Jones of losing the barge by taking unnecessary chances with the boats.
(c) He accuses Jones of not taking into consideration the needs of the men on board.
(d) He accuses Jones of treason.

14. What does Williams say that people of color excel at, more so than any white person?
(a) Cooking and planning a gourmet menu.
(b) Singing jazz music and spirituals.
(c) Dancing and playing sports.
(d) Cleanliness and picking out beautiful fabrics to wear.

15. What does the "Poor Richard" narrator say is a common misconception that Europeans have about America?
(a) It is very hard to earn a living by farming in America.
(b) It is a dangerous place because there are so many Indian raids.
(c) They can move there and quickly be elected to political office.
(d) Americans place a high value on leisure time and do not like to work.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why does Houston resign as Governor of Tennessee?

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

4. What part of Poe's reputation does Williams say is undeserved?

5. What does Williams say that many American crimes are caused by?

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