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. Who was the half-French, half-Iowa interpreter used by the soldiers at Fort Laramie in Chapter 4?

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

3. Who does the author credit with giving Custer his first big break in Chapter 10?

4. Who wrote to Custer, "...I had to weep for joy that the recollection was sweet in your memory"?

5. According to Chapter 4, what was central to life for a Sioux male?

Short Essay Questions

1. Chapter 2 speaks of the 19th century attitude of "getting rid of it." What does this refer to?

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

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

4. Explain George Armstrong Custer's birth order.

5. What was the demerit policy of West Point when Custer attended? How many demerits did he regularly receive?

6. Describe Curly's first human kill.

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

8. What did Crazy Horse and Custer think of alcohol?

9. Who is Francis Parkman, and why is he significant in the beginning chapters?

10. What did De Crevecoeur have in mind when he wrote, "The American is a new man who acts on new principles"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the importance of visions among the Sioux, in general, and Crazy Horse's vision, specifically. What do you think of the concept of allowing a vision to determine your life's path?

Essay Topic 2

After arriving in Kansas, Custer seems almost desperate to have Libbie with him, regardless of the danger from Indians. His anxiety is described as "nearly too much for him to bear." Once she arrives, "Custer's spirits began to revive." Analyze Custer's actions. Why does he act with such desperation.

Essay Topic 3

Both Crazy Horse and Custer came from patriarchal societies. Discuss the effect this had on both men.

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