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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. What did Crazy Horse "do for a living" according to Chapter 8?

2. According to Chapter 7, who of the book's subjects had seen combat by this time?

3. Who says, "Crazy Horse always led his men himself when they went into battle, and he kept well in front of them"?

4. Ohio's population in the 1800s is called a young population by the author. Why?

5. Between Custer and Crazy Horse, who came from a modest background, according to Chapter 12?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does E.B. Taylor induce Indian leaders to sign treaties?

2. Who is Custer's first love, and how does he know her?

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

4. In what ways did Custer and Crazy Horse stand out in a crowd?

5. What did the chiefs' society that resumed in 1865 involve and what was Crazy Horse's role?

6. What were the results of Custer's leadership on the Wilderness campaign of May, 1864?

7. Why did Crazy Horse keep his feelings for Black Buffalo Woman secret?

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

9. According to the author, what mistakes did Custer make at the Battle of Little Bighorn?

10. Why do men and animals congregate in the tree groves on the Great Plains in Chapter 1?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In "Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors," author Stephen Ambrose attempts to find parallels between two warriors in history. In your opinion, is Ambrose successful, or are the two men more different than Ambrose leads us to believe in the Introduction?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter Eleven, the author describes Custer as "wallowing" in romanticism. Analyze the connection between romanticism and war.

Essay Topic 3

Ambrose writes that both Crazy Horse and Custer "lived in a society that exalted individualism..." Describe how both Native American and white societies praised individualism.

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