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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. What is the moral of the story about the lusty young man who fell overboard and was hauled back in?
(a) It is important to pay attention so that you are not swept overboard.
(b) It is good to have friends who can help you when you need it.
(c) Tenacity and determination can save your life.
(d) Faith and hope can see you through even tough times.

2. What does Williams think was the motive of the person who told Ponce de Leon there was a fountain of youth?
(a) Revenge.
(b) Storytelling.
(c) Love.
(d) A desire to help.

3. Who does the narrator address "Sir Walter Raleigh" to?
(a) The reader.
(b) The Muse.
(c) Queen Elizabeth.
(d) Sir Walter Raleigh.

4. What happens when the Greenlanders fight with the people they meet in the New World?
(a) Helgi and Finnbogi save Freydis' life, rescuing her just as their enemies in the New World were about to kill her.
(b) Eric the Red appears with a group of young Greenlander sailors, and the Greenlanders gain the advantage in the fight.
(c) The other Greenlanders begin to flee, but Freydis grabs a sword and fights so hard that she frightens their enemies into fleeing.
(d) The Greenlanders are defeated by the people of the New World and flee in shame.

5. Which of the following names does the narrator call Raleigh?
(a) Explorer of the Orinoco.
(b) The planter who never planted.
(c) James' man.
(d) The new King.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which chapter does Gregory say is in some ways the product of the era in which it was written?

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

3. Who or what is Mabilla?

4. What explanation does the narrator give for the Puritans' lack of imagination?

5. Who tells Ponce de Leon there is a fountain of youth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why did Williams compare the Puritans to dwarves in fairy tales? What does he mean by this?

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

4. What was Montezuma's life like in the capital?

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

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

7. What does Williams say is the reason Americans focus on science and inventions?

8. Why did De Soto's men try to keep the Indians from finding out about his death?

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

10. Does Williams blame Cortez for what happened to Tenochtitlan?

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