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American Myths: Christopher Columbus

Dec 15 2008
Instructions

The story of Christopher Columbus—how much of it is story? Throughout the growth of Columbus into a near-mythological figure, additions and subtractions have been made to and from his life, accompanied by shifts in how he is perceived and memorialized. Decide whether these statements about Columbus (and his holiday) are true or false.

  1. Columbus set sail to prove that the world was round.

    True

    False

  2. Columbus was the first to discover America in 1492.

    True

    False

  3. Columbus was motivated by money and economic benefit.

    True

    False

  4. Columbus was motivated by religion.

    True

    False

  5. Columbus died a penniless man.

    True

    False

  6. Columbus Day was first celebrated in 1892 as part of the World’s Columbian Exposition.

    True

    False