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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Williams say is the one thing that Americans fear more than anything else in the world?
(a) Knowledge.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Touch.
(d) War.

2. What does Williams say that American families cheat their daughters out of by trying to frighten them into delaying the loss of their virginity?
(a) Love.
(b) Romance.
(c) Dignity.
(d) Sex.

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

4. Who is the only person in America who can live a life of leisure, like a gentleman, according to an early American saying that Franklin mentions?
(a) The President.
(b) A housewife.
(c) A hog.
(d) A child.

5. What makes Daniel Boone different from other settlers, according to the narrator?
(a) He does not consider himself an American citizen.
(b) He is not afraid to go west into the wilderness.
(c) He is at war with the Indians he met.
(d) He started new communities wherever he went.

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

7. What area does Boone discover, along with his brother, just before the American Revolution?
(a) Ohio.
(b) Kentucky.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Nebraska.

8. 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) General Lee.
(d) Aaron Burr.

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

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

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

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

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 treason.
(c) He accuses Jones of losing the barge by taking unnecessary chances with the boats.
(d) He accuses Jones of not taking into consideration the needs of the men on board.

14. What virtue does the narrator say that Washington particularly valued in his troops?
(a) Hard work.
(b) Honesty.
(c) Patience.
(d) Obedience.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What warning does Williams give the reader about history at the beginning of "The Virtue of History"?

2. What do Burr's critics say about him when he runs for office?

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

4. Why does Williams feel that women especially appreciated Burr?

5. What does Houston do after he resigns as Governor of Tennessee?

(see the answer keys)

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