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?
Write an essay in which you analyze the structure that William uses to relate the story of Columbus and his voyages. Why does Williams alternate between his own point of view and that of Columbus? Why does he alternate between Columbus' experiences in the New World and his experiences in the Old? Explain.
Compare Williams' essay on Abraham Lincoln with his essay on George Washington. How are these two famous presidents similar? How are they different? Is there a difference in the way that Williams approaches writing about each of them? Draw on evidence from In the American Grain to support your answer.
In the Introduction, Horace Gregory writes that "History is a humiliating subject for any man to think of knowing...The desire to know history is a near relative of the desire to know truth, and that is where, for most of us, a pit lies waiting." Does William Carlos Williams avoid the pit, or fall into it? Why or why not?
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