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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. How does Montezuma try to get Cortez to stay on the coast and not enter the interior?
(a) He sends troops to attack.
(b) He sends poisoned food.
(c) He sends gifts to Cortez.
(d) He sends a threatening letter.

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

3. What author does Gregory say is never accused of being insincere?
(a) Benjamin Franklin.
(b) William Carlos Williams.
(c) Alexander Hamilton.
(d) Homer.

4. Who did Ponce de Leon's pilot previously work for?
(a) The King and Queen of Spain.
(b) Ponce de Leon's brother.
(c) Columbus and Cortez.
(d) Montezuma.

5. What would Gregory be most likely to describe history as?
(a) A science in its own right.
(b) A story written only by the winners.
(c) A tapestry of culture and stories.
(d) A compendium of dates, data, and quotations.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the moral of the story about the rough sailor who falls sick, dies, and is thrown overboard?

3. In his conclusion, what word does Gregory use to characterize Williams' prose?

4. What is the outcome of Freydis' actions?

5. What happens to the girl Ponce de Leon gives a gold crucifix to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ponce de Leon travel around the Caribbean? What was his business there?

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

3. What does Williams think that Benjamin Franklin would say are the most important American virtues? Does Williams agree with Franklin? Why or why not?

4. Why was Eric the Red exiled from Iceland?

5. What does William Carlos Williams think of Eric the Red? What kind of person does he think Eric is?

6. Why does Ponce de Leon forget his dog when he is driven away from Guadaloupe?

7. How could Raleigh have avoided being beheaded?

8. Why did the English put a price on Pire Rasles' head? Why did they want him killed?

9. Why does George Washington not especially want to be President?

10. What is Champlain's reaction to hearing that there will be an attempt on his life?

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