Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. At what age did most Sioux boys participate in their first tribal hunt?

2. What political party did Custer belong to?

3. How many times during their lives did Crazy Horse and Custer come in contact with each other?

4. Who was mortally wounded from Custer's charge against the Confederates at Yellow Tavern?

5. What event occurred on February 9, 1864?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Colonel Chivington set up the events of the Sand Creek Massacre?

2. Custer only took one leave from West Point. When and where did he go?

3. In Chapter 12, both men are described as finding the "rush of hot, fresh blood exciting." In what ways is this demonstrated?

4. In Chapter 3, why was Curly encouraged to look up to young warriors? In what way did he not?

5. What charm did Crazy Horse receive in 1862 or 1863 and from whom? What was the charm supposed to do?

6. What religion did the Custer family practice, and where did they worship?

7. How did the Cheyenne and Sioux plan for the big expedition against the settlers and soldiers in the summer of 1865?

8. According to the author, what led Curly to seek a vision in Chapter 4?

9. How are Crazy Horse and Custer viewed during their late teens?

10. What were some of Crazy Horse's idiosyncracies as . noted before he went into battle?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you think that the author chose to write about two very different men instead of a biography of a single man? In your opinion, does he do this successfully? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Ambrose says that Sherman put "a joker in the deck" of the 1869 Treaty. He calls that joker civilization. Write an essay about what the treaty required of the Sioux relating to civilization. Why does the author refer to this as a "joker"?

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of Chapter 13, the author quotes Captain William Fetterman as saying, "With eighty men, I can ride through the entire Sioux nation." Discuss what Fetterman means by this statement and what such a statement says about him.

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