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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 felt it was his duty to serve.
(d) He craved power.

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

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

4. How does the narrator say that Puritans viewed the Indian?
(a) As a degenerate.
(b) As an unformed Puritan.
(c) As a savage devil.
(d) As a fellow Christian.

5. What do you think that Williams means when he says that Lincoln's assassination shows the "brutalizing desolation of life in America up to that time"?
(a) Williams is referring to the personal depression of many Americans during the Civil War.
(b) Williams is referring to the fact that few Americans lived to reach old age during Lincoln's day.
(c) Williams is referring to the violence of American life.
(d) Williams is referring to the desolate landscape that was left after many cities were burned during the Civil War.

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

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

8. What quality does Williams admire in the woman who lives in the "ramshackle castle" by the railroad tracks?
(a) Her religious devotion.
(b) Her courage.
(c) Her musical ability.
(d) Her creativity.

9. 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.

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

11. How does Poe respond to Lowell's criticism of him in verse?
(a) He says that Mr. Lowell should stick to writing about topics that he knows more about.
(b) He says that Mr. Lowell does not understand what makes his work unique and original.
(c) He says that Mr. Lowell should not use the anapestic rhythm, as he does not have an ear for it.
(d) He says that he does not write for Mr. Lowell or for any other man but for himself.

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

13. What event has distracted historians from telling the whole story about Burr?
(a) The duel with Alexander Hamilton.
(b) The American Revolution.
(c) Shea's rebellion.
(d) The French and Indian War.

14. What category of people does Williams say that Houston fits into?
(a) Those who come up from under.
(b) Those who tread water their entire lives.
(c) Those who go under and then drown.
(d) Those who never struggle or try to succeed.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Houston defeat Santa Ana?

2. What event in Poe's life trapped him in his poetry?

3. What kind of position is Jones' squadron in when the battle begins?

4. What state does Houston become Governor of, and later serve as a U.S. Senator from?

5. Who does the narrator say was the only American ever to see General Washington in a towering rage?

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