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 is George Bent?

2. What event occurred on February 9, 1864?

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

4. In 1854, who led four Brules in seeking revenge for Conquering Bear's death?

5. How did Crazy Horse spend his teenage years according to Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Crazy Horse becomes a leader of a band of Sioux in Chapter 20. Explain what this means.

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

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

4. Explain George Armstrong Custer's birth order.

5. Why was Custer turned down for a command of a new Michigan cavalry regiment?

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

7. In Chapter 21, the author relates that large numbers of Native Americans are leaving the agencies in 1875. There were "almost as many motives for going north as there were Indians making the trek." What are some of the reasons?

8. Why is Custer bored in Chapter 17?

9. Sitting Bull is referred to as the most famous Native American ever. Why?

10. How does General Crook propose to capture Crazy Horse?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

On more than one occasion, the author has compared Custer to famed World War II general, George S. Patton. Research the life of Patton, then compare and contrast the two men.

Essay Topic 3

In what ways are the language and ideas in "Crazy Horse and Custer," originally published in 1975, dated? Look particularly at words used in discussing both Native and African Americans.

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