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

Short Answer Questions

1. What state does Houston become Governor of, and later serve as a U.S. Senator from?

2. What moral weakness does the narrator comment on in Washington?

3. Who does Lincoln say he owes everything he is or ever will be to?

4. What quality does Williams admire in the woman who lives in the "ramshackle castle" by the railroad tracks?

5. Who is the narrator for the first part of "Poor Richard"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

William Carlos Williams includes, as part of In the American Grain, several essays about historical figures who served in the military: George Washington, John Paul Jones, Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton. How does military life fit into the American Grain? Does military life only affect those who serve in the military, or is it also a part of being American for those who never do any military service? Write an essay responding to this question in which you cite the experiences of these four men as they are depicted in Williams' essays, and also draw upon your own experiences and values in contemporary America.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay in which you compare "The Voyage of the Mayflower" with "Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World." In "The Voyage of the Mayflower," Williams implies that Puritan values gave rise to the Salem witch trials. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? Support your answer with examples from In the American Grain.

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