Crow Killer; the Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Raymond W. Thorp
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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 item buried with the bones of Johnston's wife and baby revealed that the Crow were responsible for the deaths of Johnston's family?

2. Which of Johnston's Mountain Men friends passed down the oral history of his exploits and kept his legend alive?

3. With which more experienced trapper did Johnston first become friends upon moving west?

4. In Chapter 7, how many Crow warriors did Big Robert send to trade horses with the Flatheads?

5. In what formation did Big Robert's warriors ride toward the Flathead camp in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who was Sam Grant and how did he encounter John Johnston?

2. How did Johnston become Del Gue's partner after having been John Hatcher's partner in fur trading?

3. With whom did Johnston partner in 1878 and what difficulties did the trapping partners face?

4. Why did John Hatcher scalp Indians and how did John Johnston first encounter scalping?

5. Why was Fort Kearney offensive to the Sioux?

6. Who was The Wolf and what was his relationship with John Johnston?

7. Why was Chapter 10 entitled "A Missing Chapter"?

8. Discuss the relationship between Waving Grass and John Johnston.

9. How did The Swan's forehead differ from the foreheads of other females in her tribe?

10. What was Arkansas Pete like according to Chapter 27?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It could be argued that John Johnston was a hero or a villain. Discuss which aspects of his character make him a hero and which aspects of his character make him a villain. Which role do you ultimately think best describes him? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of revenge in Raymond Thorp's book Crow Killer: The Legend of Liver-Eating Johnson. How is this theme illustrated in John Johnson's life? How is the theme illustrated in the response of the Crow Indians to Johnson's desire for revenge against them? What do you think the author is saying about revenge in this book? Cite examples from the text to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Mrs. Morgan, The Swan, and Waving Grass. How does each woman's life illustrate the harshness of frontier life? Cite examples from the text to support your arguments.

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