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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Williams say that intense emotions affect our perceptions of things?
(a) They make everything harder.
(b) They make everything confusing.
(c) They make everything larger.
(d) They make everything better.

2. What event in Poe's life trapped him in his poetry?
(a) The death of his wife.
(b) The birth of his child.
(c) The destruction of his home.
(d) The end of the war.

3. What characteristic drives Franklin's curiosity, according to one of the narrators of "Poor Richard"?
(a) Timidity.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Thrift.
(d) Vexation.

4. Why does Franklin recommend against trying to make money in America through manufacturing?
(a) Few ships travel to America, so manufacturers could not market their goods to foreign ports.
(b) There are no cities in America in which to build manufacturing plants.
(c) America does not have enough raw materials to do well at manufacturing any items of commercial value.
(d) To do well in manufacturing, you need large numbers of poor people who are willing to work for low wages.

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

11. 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 fact that few Americans lived to reach old age during Lincoln's day.
(b) Williams is referring to the violence of American life.
(c) Williams is referring to the personal depression of many Americans during the Civil War.
(d) Williams is referring to the desolate landscape that was left after many cities were burned during the Civil War.

12. When does Houston defeat Santa Ana?
(a) During the Revolutionary War.
(b) During the battle for Texan independence.
(c) During World War I.
(d) During the Civil War.

13. Why does Williams feel that women especially appreciated Burr?
(a) Burr was well-educated and had a distinguished military record.
(b) Burr treated women with respect and wanted them to be free.
(c) Burr did not care about religion.
(d) Burr was extremely handsome and dashing.

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator's interlocutor, Valyry Larbaud, admire about the Puritans?

2. Why does Williams think that Burr did not get along with Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson?

3. Why does John Paul Jones write to Benjamin Franklin in "Battle Between the Bon Homme Richard and the Serapis"?

4. What does Williams say that people of color excel at, more so than any white person?

5. What characteristic does Boone have to have in order to live the kind of life that he lived?

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