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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. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

At the end of "Poor Richard," Williams states, "...almost nothing remains of the great American New World but a memory of the Indian." What do you think Williams means by this? Write an essay explaining the connection of the Indian to the American Grain. Support your answer with evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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