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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the Wheeler-Howard act was passed, what did the Indians experience for the first time in half a century?
(a) Social services.
(b) New schools.
(c) Social welfare.
(d) Self-government.

2. Why do anthropologists believe Indians drink?
(a) Because life on the reservation is like a party.
(b) Because they are caught between two worlds.
(c) Because they have weak father figures.
(d) Because they are alcoholics.

3. What, according to the author, did the white man discover that the American Indians still owned of value?
(a) Buffalo.
(b) Gold.
(c) Horses.
(d) 135 million acres of land.

4. What does the author suggest that each anthropologist should have to do in order to study a tribe?
(a) He must apply to a tribal committee.
(b) He must get on a waiting list and be approved by the tribe he wishes to visit.
(c) He must apply through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
(d) He must donate an equal amount of money to the tribe that he spent on the study.

5. What French rationalist did the House Interior Committee use as a basis for their study of Indian Affairs?
(a) Blount Concur.
(b) Rene Descartes.
(c) Fred Callings.
(d) Mme. Frankser.

Short Answer Questions

1. What traditional Republican myth did Watkins insist on regarding the Indians?

2. What was the decision about the Pottawatomie of Kansas during the time of termination?

3. How did Utah get the Indians in their state to agree to termination?

4. What, according to the author at the end of chapter 1, should the government do about the Indians?

5. How long did the Indians have under the Wheeler-Howard Act to make a decision about their reservation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the problem with most books about American Indians, according to the author? What do the incorrect portrayals of the Indians do to harm the image of the Indian, and complicate understanding of the people by others?

2. Why are hunting and fishing rights important to the Indians of Idaho, Washington and Oregon at the time of this writing?

3. What was the Pickering Treaty? Why was it thus named? What was the final outcome of the Pickering Treaty?

4. What are the Five Civilized Tribes and why are they referred to in this way?

5. What is the Treaty of August 5, 1826 with the Chippewa tribe known for?

6. Why are the American Indians lost when, in Congressional hearings, the chairman of the committee talks about the Anglo-Saxon heritage of law and order?

7. What happened to the Seneca Nation of New York?

8. What was Frank Church's attitude towards the Indian? Why was this line of thought so harmful during the time of Termination?

9. How does the author describe anthropologists? What is his attitude and tone when discussing this group of people?

10. What happens every summer with work camps and teenagers? What do the teenagers learn in one month that adults do not understand? What is the author's point about this program?

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