In the American Grain Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Jones say he reacted to the damage incurred by the Bon Homme Richard?
(a) He tried his best to keep the ship afloat long enough to bring it into port.
(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 made a few repairs and then decided to abandon ship.

2. 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.

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

4. Who does the narrator say was the only American ever to see General Washington in a towering rage?
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) General Lee.
(c) Benjamin Franklin.
(d) Aaron Burr.

5. According to the narrator, what was Boone's emotional state when he lived alone in the wilderness for three months?
(a) Exhilaration.
(b) Fear.
(c) Worry.
(d) Ecstasy.

6. What does William Carlos Williams say is the most important thing to remember about people who are descended from Africans who were brought to the Americas in slavery?
(a) They bring a certain quality to America with them.
(b) They speak many different languages.
(c) They have managed to thrive despite adversity.
(d) They were forced to endure inhumane conditions at sea.

7. 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) Dignity.
(b) Love.
(c) Sex.
(d) Romance.

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

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

10. Who does Lincoln say he owes everything he is or ever will be to?
(a) His faithful housekeeper.
(b) His angel mother.
(c) His loving sister.
(d) His devoted wife.

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

12. Why does Williams think that Burr did not get along with Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson?
(a) They favored a stronger central government than he did.
(b) They had not gotten along since the first time they had met.
(c) They campaigned against Burr when he ran for office.
(d) They did not approve of Burr's affairs with women.

13. Why does Houston resign as Governor of Tennessee?
(a) He wants to move further to the West.
(b) He misses living with the Indians.
(c) He wants to join the Army.
(d) His new wife leaves him after three months.

14. 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 only three ships left and is at a severe disadvantage.
(c) Jones has 20 ships and is at a strong advantage.
(d) Jones has the same number of ships as the enemy.

15. How can Boone's attitude toward Indians best be described?
(a) Contemptuous.
(b) Admiring.
(c) Competitive.
(d) Paternalistic.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Jacataqua ask Aaron Burr to do?

5. How does Poe respond to Lowell's criticism of him in verse?

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