A Trivia Quiz On Early American Literature!

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A Trivia Quiz On Early American Literature!

Do you know anything about early American literature? This quiz is jam-packed with knowledge concerning America’s early start. This quiz will make you put on your Puritan hat. You must know what the Mayflower is, when was Harvard college founded, what rationalists believe, what the pilgrims were thankful for during their first Thanksgiving, etc. You must take this awesome quiz. Make sure you take your certificate when you have completed the examination.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The first people to migrate to North America were
    • A. 

      The Norse by way of Iceland and Greenland

    • B. 

      Ice Age hunters via the Bering land bridge

    • C. 

      English Puritans who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean

  • 2. 
    Which of the following statements about the Puritans is not true?
    • A. 

      They were Protestants who sought to purify the Church of England and return to a simpler form of worship.

    • B. 

      They believed that the clergy and government should act as intermediaries between the individual and God.

    • C. 

      Some thought the Church of England was too corrupt to reform and called for a complete separation from it.

    • D. 

      They wanted to establish a new society patterned after God’s word and self-sustaining, profitable colony.

  • 3. 
    The Mayflower Compact paved the way for
    • A. 

      A national church

    • B. 

      A constitutional democracy

    • C. 

      The Salem witch trials

  • 4. 
    Harvard College was founded soon after the first Pilgrims landed
    • A. 

      So that scholars could work on a new translation of the Bible

    • B. 

      So the children of the "elect" could aquire the skills needed to govern

    • C. 

      To train ministers for the rapidly expanding colony

  • 5. 
    Rationalists believed that all people
    • A. 

      Were sinners in the eyes of God with no hope of redemption

    • B. 

      Were either saved or damned, according to God’s will

    • C. 

      Could think in an ordered manner, thereby improving their lives

  • 6. 
    Which of the following statements best describes Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography?
    • A. 

      It expounds the moral, ethical, and religious tenets of the Puritans.

    • B. 

      It describes Franklin’s devout religious practices.

    • C. 

      It provides the model for the classic American rags-to-riches story.

    • D. 

      It shows that the notion of a self-made person is an unrealistic myth.

  • 7. 
    The Pilgrims regard their voyage as
    • A. 

      Only a spiritual journey

    • B. 

      Only a physical journey

    • C. 

      Both a spiritual and physical journey

    • D. 

      Neither a spiritual nor a physical journey

  • 8. 
    The seamen are astonished by the death of the profane seaman and attribute his demise to
    • A. 

      The heavy storms

    • B. 

      The will of God

    • C. 

      His carelessness

  • 9. 
    At the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims are most thankful for
    • A. 

      The treaty they have made with the American Indians

    • B. 

      The departure of the loathsome sailors

    • C. 

      Their great store of grain and corn

  • 10. 
    In her poem, Bradstreet mostly criticizes herself for
    • A. 

      Losing her faith in God’s goodness

    • B. 

      Failing to react quickly in an emergency

    • C. 

      Not taking proper precautions against fire

    • D. 

      Valuing material possessions too much

  • 11. 
    When Bradstreet writes “I blest His name that gave and took…,” she implies that
    • A. 

      She is being punished for the sin of vanity

    • B. 

      Material objects are ultimately God’s and not hers

    • C. 

      She secretly wants all her possessions to vanish

  • 12. 
    Which of the following ideas does Bradstreet find most consoling?
    • A. 

      God has prepared a rich home for her in heaven

    • B. 

      Through the fire, she has atoned for her sins

    • C. 

      She has emerged unharmed from the fire

  • 13. 
    In “Huswifery,” the speaker compares God to a
    • A. 

      Homemaker making skeins of yarn

    • B. 

      Judge weighing evidence

    • C. 

      Person building a spinning wheel

  • 14. 
    Paine argues that the best way to defeat the British is for
    • A. 

      Each state to fight independently as the British approach

    • B. 

      The states to train their militias in guerrilla tactics

    • C. 

      The troops of all the states to join together in the fight

  • 15. 
    Paine suggests that a state that surrenders its arms to the British would have to
    • A. 

      Face destruction by the British troops

    • B. 

      Suffer the hostility of the other states

    • C. 

      Create its own government

  • 16. 
    By comparing the British king to a thief and a housebreaker, Paine suggests that
    • A. 

      British soldiers are using sneak attacks against the colonies.

    • B. 

      The king is in dire need of money for his treasury

    • C. 

      The British are trying to take what is not theirs

  • 17. 
    “The heart that feels not now is dead: The blood of his children will curse his cowardice, who shrinks back at a time when little might have saved the whole…” This quotation illustrates how Paine
    • A. 

      Uses a dramatic rhetorical technique to convey ideas

    • B. 

      Develops a family-based theme throughout the selection

    • C. 

      Presents his thoughts using only plain, ordinary language

  • 18. 
    Some of the differences that developed between the British and American languages were caused by
    • A. 

      The addition of new words to British English

    • B. 

      The increasingly nasal pronunciation of British English

    • C. 

      The physical separation of Britain and America

  • 19. 
    Changes in language usage occurred
    • A. 

      Only in American

    • B. 

      Only in Britain

    • C. 

      In both America and Britain

    • D. 

      In neither America nor Britain

  • 20. 
    The word Americanism identifies a word or expression that
    • A. 

      Was adapted from an American Indian language

    • B. 

      Describes the American lifestyle

    • C. 

      Originated in, or is peculiar to, the United States

  • 21. 
    Because they disliked Americanisms, some British purists
    • A. 

      Believed the English language had reached perfection in the eighteenth century and should not be changed

    • B. 

      Believed a new American literature could supplant British literature as the authority for usage

    • C. 

      Were concerned that these phrases would contribute to political unrest

    • D. 

      Were intimidated by the improvements made to British English

  • 22. 
    Many Americans and British feared that
    • A. 

      Their languages eventually would change so much that the two peoples would be unable to understand each other

    • B. 

      Language differences would cause economic problems in America

    • C. 

      The language differences would eventually revert leading back to a common usage