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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 catches fire in the battle.
(b) The bargemen cut the tow rope and steal the barge.
(c) The barge is taken over by mutinous sailors.
(d) The barge sinks in a storm at sea.

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Lincoln borrow a neighbor's baby?
(a) To use in a play that is being put on at the local school.
(b) To comfort him after the death of a loved one.
(c) To pace with while he is thinking.
(d) To find out more about what the children of America need.

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

8. What moral weakness does the narrator comment on in Washington?
(a) His refusal to free his slaves.
(b) His fondness for women.
(c) His laziness.
(d) His tendency to drink too much.

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

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

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

12. What does the narrator say was the place where Washington most liked to be?
(a) Exploring the frontier.
(b) Home.
(c) In the capital.
(d) In the field with his troops.

13. 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.

14. 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) A child.
(b) A housewife.
(c) The President.
(d) A hog.

15. What does the narrator's interlocutor, Valyry Larbaud, admire about the Puritans?
(a) Their firm vigor.
(b) Their intellectual ability.
(c) Their tolerance of other religions.
(d) Their resourcefulness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Williams say that Americans think they will lose if they were ever to serve another person?

2. How does the narrator say that Puritans viewed the Indian?

3. What feature does Williams say most shapes Edgar Allen Poe's work?

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

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

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