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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does the narrator address "Sir Walter Raleigh" to?

2. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?

3. What does the narrator say that Queen Elizabeth did not trust Raleigh enough to let him do?

4. How does De Soto keep his men alive when the maize crop fails?

5. How do the Spanish justify killing so many peaceful islanders?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gregory think that history is important?

2. Why was Eric the Red exiled from Iceland?

3. What happens to Columbus' sailors when the weather is bad and the ships go through violent storms?

4. Why does Benjamin Franklin say that manufacturing is not a viable activity in the American economy?

5. What was Aaron Burr like, according to Williams?

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

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

8. Why does Williams describe the New World as a white flower that was to turn into a poisoned apple?

9. What kind of person does Williams say that Daniel Boone is?

10. How does Williams explain the fact that Aaron Burr was never made ambassador to France, even though he was recommended three times for the appointment, and that he was never made Brigadier General, even though he was ready for the post?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does Williams mean when he says that fear drove Benjamin Franklin's curiosity, that he built a nation based on the desire to huddle and protect? Write an essay explaining why you think Williams might feel this way. Support your answer with evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 2

How does Williams regard America's Founding Fathers? Find the chapters in which Williams writes about some of the Founding Fathers and determine what characteristics of these men Williams admired, and what characteristics he regarded as pernicious. Then, write an essay describing Williams' attitude toward the Founding Fathers, drawing on the evidence that you collected to support your work.

Essay Topic 3

Consider Williams' statement, "History, history! We fools, what do we know or care? History begins for us with murder and enslavement, not with discovery. No, we are not Indians but we are men of their world. The blood means nothing; the spirit, the ghost of the land moves in the blood, moves the blood." What does Williams mean? Do you agree with him or disagree? Write an essay in which you react to his statements.

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