Crazy Horse and Custer: The Parallel Lives of Two American Warriors Test | Final 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. How many troops did Custer have at Little Bighorn?

2. What book is Custer reading in Chapter 19?

3. In 1867, a Missouri senator complains about the Indian wars costing the government at least how much daily?

4. Who had Reno's men on the run?

5. How much would the extra cavalry offered by Terry have increased Custer's fighting strength?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. By the spring of 1866, what progress has been made on the railroads, and what are the future plans?

5. What did Crazy Horse's friend, He Dog, decide to do before the battle at Rosebud?

6. What change does becoming a father have on Crazy Horse?

7. Describe the Sun Dance held at Rosebud.

8. Describe Little Bighorn.

9. Why was Custer's desertion rate in Kansas so high?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Custer insists on having Libbie with him, willing to expose her to dangers, yet Custer issued orders that if Libbie was captured by Indians, she should be shot dead. According to the author,"a psychiatrist might be tempted to speculate that he loved his image of Libbie's purity more than he love Libbie herself." Write on this topic, including your opinion and facts supporting your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Libbie Bacon is described as a progressive woman. Discuss why the author states this. Do you agree? Why or why not?

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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