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. Where did Crazy Horse and other warriors go to sing or boast of bravery?

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

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

4. Who are the "loafers" referred to in Chapter 9?

5. In Chapter 10, who writes, "I captured the greatest prize of all"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Explain George Armstrong Custer's birth order.

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

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

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

8. Describe Curly's first human kill.

9. Explain Crazy Horse's religion.

10. What differences did General McClellan have against the Lincoln administration?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the Battle at Rosebud, Crazy Horse tells his men, "It's a good day to die." This phrase has often been repeated by others. What do you think Crazy Horse meant? Are there other possible meanings?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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