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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the beginning of the Introduction, Horace Gregory quotes William Carlos Williams as saying "History, history! We fools, what do we know or care?" What does Gregory think Williams means by this?
(a) Most Americans know little of history.
(b) History matters only to fools.
(c) History is full of lies.
(d) It is dangerous to get involved in history.

2. Why do the Puritans have such a strong impact on the national character, according to the narrator?
(a) Because they persuade everyone else to emulate them.
(b) Because they are among the first to arrive in a wild place.
(c) Because they are so driven to evangelize to others.
(d) Because they are so dashing and heroic that everyone tells stories about them.

3. How does Montezuma treat hungry people in the capital?
(a) He offers food to anyone who is willing to do some work.
(b) He gives everyone who comes into the city a small ration of food.
(c) He opens his larder to all who wish to eat and drink.
(d) He refuses to feed the hungry, demanding instead that they pay tribute to him.

4. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?
(a) As beloved friends.
(b) As profane and lusty seamen.
(c) As malfeasant ghosts.
(d) As a "race incapable of flower."

5. What are Bridget Bishop and Susanna Martin indicted for?
(a) Witchcraft.
(b) Stealing.
(c) Whoring.
(d) Drunkenness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does De Soto begin his journey into the North American mainland?

2. Does Columbus profit from his trips to the New World?

3. How does Freydis handle her quarrel with the two brothers, Helgi and Finnbogi?

4. How does Montezuma try to get Cortez to stay on the coast and not enter the interior?

5. Where does Eric the Red go to start over?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Columbus puzzled by the way the King and Queen treat him?

2. Gregory says that In the American Grain is not a historical textbook or book of essays. What is it?

3. What does Cotton Mather say went wrong before the witches appeared?

4. How does Eric the Red feel about living in Greenland?

5. Why does Gregory think that history is important?

6. What was shocking to the Puritans about slave society?

7. What does the narrator say that the Puritans would see if they looked inside their hearts?

8. What was Raleigh's relationship with Queen Elizabeth?

9. Why does Ponce de Leon send women ashore when he first arrives in Guadaloupe?

10. Why does Williams find Champlain delightful?

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