Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Ponce de Leon die?
2. Who does Columbus write to while he is on his return voyage?
3. What does Cotton Mather think about the gods of the Indian nations?
4. How does the narrator describe the descendants of the Puritans?
5. Based on the passage narrated by Eric the Red, which phrase do you think best describes Eric's character?
Short Essay Questions
1. How did enslaved Africans react to the Christian religion, according to Williams?
2. Why does Houston leave the Cherokees after they have raised him? Why does he return to them?
3. What does the narrator say that the Puritans would see if they looked inside their hearts?
4. Why do the Puritan leaders think that Thomas Morton should not barter in guns or liquor?
5. What proof does Cotton Mather offer to show that witches can make themselves invisible?
6. Why does Ponce de Leon send women ashore when he first arrives in Guadaloupe?
7. What does Cotton Mather say went wrong before the witches appeared?
8. How could Raleigh have avoided being beheaded?
9. What do you think will happen to the "credulous and literal-minded" if they walk into the "ancient trap" that Gregory considers history to be?
10. What kind of person does Williams say that Daniel Boone is?
Why do you think Williams chooses to tell the stories of Eric the Red and Freydis? What makes these tales part of the American grain? Use evidence from the narratives to support your answer.
In "Jacataqua," Williams argues that some kinds of violence are not crimes of passion, but rather are crimes of starvation -- spiritual starvation. Write an essay explaining Williams' views on spiritual poverty and wealth, and spiritual fullness and starvation. Use quotations from In the American Grain to support your answer.
Write an essay in which you compare and contrast the characters of Thomas Morton and Cotton Mather. How are the two men similar? How are they different? Could they have gotten along if they had lived in the same community? Why or why not? Use evidence from In the American Grain to support your answer.
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