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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Captain Landais' insubordination to John Paul Jones begin?
(a) He accuses Jones of treason.
(b) He accuses Jones of failing to pursue the enemy as vigorously as possible.
(c) He accuses Jones of not taking into consideration the needs of the men on board.
(d) He accuses Jones of losing the barge by taking unnecessary chances with the boats.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. What famous ship does Williams say that a slave ship is the counterpart to?
(a) The Mayflower.
(b) The Santa Maria.
(c) The Serapis.
(d) The Bon Homme Richard.

8. What kind of position is Jones' squadron in when the battle begins?
(a) Jones has 20 ships and is at a strong advantage.
(b) Jones has fewer ships, but is in a better position geographically than the enemy is.
(c) Jones has only three ships left and is at a severe disadvantage.
(d) Jones has the same number of ships as the enemy.

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

10. What does Williams say that many American crimes are caused by?
(a) Passion and anger.
(b) Religious intolerance.
(c) Spiritual starvation.
(d) Cultural hatred.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Lincoln borrow a neighbor's baby?

2. Which Founding Father refers to Aaron Burr as dangerous?

3. What happens to Pere Rasles?

4. Why does Franklin recommend against trying to make money in America through manufacturing?

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

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