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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 sinks in a storm at sea.
(b) The barge is taken over by mutinous sailors.
(c) The bargemen cut the tow rope and steal the barge.
(d) The barge catches fire in the battle.
2. What reason does the narrator give for believing that Americans have trouble understanding their own national character?
(a) Americans do not like to admit that they have origins and a history.
(b) Americans think that all Americans are Native Americans.
(c) Americans only like to think about the future.
(d) Americans do not have any character left, only emptiness.
3. What moral weakness does the narrator comment on in Washington?
(a) His laziness.
(b) His fondness for women.
(c) His refusal to free his slaves.
(d) His tendency to drink too much.
4. What does Williams compare the various incidents of Lincoln's life to?
(a) Instruments playing in an orchestra.
(b) Dancers doing a series of intricately choreographed steps.
(c) Ridges of a sculpture that should be made of Lincoln.
(d) Lines in a carefully crafted poem.
5. 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) 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.
6. Why does Williams think that Burr did not get along with Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson?
(a) They had not gotten along since the first time they had met.
(b) They campaigned against Burr when he ran for office.
(c) They did not approve of Burr's affairs with women.
(d) They favored a stronger central government than he did.
7. How does Captain Landais' insubordination to John Paul Jones begin?
(a) He accuses Jones of losing the barge by taking unnecessary chances with the boats.
(b) He accuses Jones of not taking into consideration the needs of the men on board.
(c) He accuses Jones of failing to pursue the enemy as vigorously as possible.
(d) He accuses Jones of treason.
8. What event in Poe's life trapped him in his poetry?
(a) The death of his wife.
(b) The end of the war.
(c) The birth of his child.
(d) The destruction of his home.
9. What characteristic drives Franklin's curiosity, according to one of the narrators of "Poor Richard"?
10. What kind of position is Jones' squadron in when the battle begins?
(a) Jones has fewer ships, but is in a better position geographically than the enemy is.
(b) Jones has the same number of ships as the enemy.
(c) Jones has only three ships left and is at a severe disadvantage.
(d) Jones has 20 ships and is at a strong advantage.
11. Who raises Sam Houston during the early years of his life?
(a) The Cherokee.
(b) The Winnebago.
(c) The Abnaki.
(d) The Tuscaloosa.
12. What does Williams say that people of color excel at, more so than any white person?
(a) Cooking and planning a gourmet menu.
(b) Cleanliness and picking out beautiful fabrics to wear.
(c) Singing jazz music and spirituals.
(d) Dancing and playing sports.
13. What do Burr's critics say about him when he runs for office?
(a) He is secretly a Royalist.
(b) He is corrupt and would misuse power.
(c) He is frivolous and immoral.
(d) He does not have enough experience or education.
14. How does Jones say he reacted to the damage incurred by the Bon Homme Richard?
(a) He made a few repairs and then decided to abandon ship.
(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 tried his best to keep the ship afloat long enough to bring it into port.
15. What event has distracted historians from telling the whole story about Burr?
(a) The American Revolution.
(b) The duel with Alexander Hamilton.
(c) Shea's rebellion.
(d) The French and Indian War.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Poe respond to Lowell's criticism of him in verse?
2. What does Williams say that Lincoln finds no relief from?
3. What state does Houston become Governor of, and later serve as a U.S. Senator from?
4. Why does Franklin recommend against trying to make money in America through manufacturing?
5. Why does Lincoln borrow a neighbor's baby?
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