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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. Some tribes, such as the Lakota and Sioux, held special death ceremonies where a sacred pipe was used and the souls were kept to be purified and eventually released. What happened to these ceremonies in the 1890's?
(a) This activity became obsolete.
(b) The government wanted to join in the ceremony.
(c) This activity became popular with Christians.
(d) The government banned this activity.

2. If Christianity faces internal collapse, Deloria offers which of the following suggestions?
(a) Turn to Indian religious culture for answers.
(b) Give up and start over.
(c) Pray to the Great Spirit for guidance.
(d) Fast and pray until Jesus returns.

3. In Chapter 14, Deloria saw one advantage of reservations as which of the following?
(a) No one bothered them.
(b) It kept outsiders away from the Indians.
(c) They had their own schools and hospitals.
(d) They were able to practice their own religion.

4. Deloria makes the following statement in Chapter 11, "There is no salvation in tribal religions apart from ______________________."
(a) Protection of sacred burial grounds.
(b) The land.
(c) The continuance of the tribe itself.
(d) Nature.

5. Indians also believe human beings are an integral part of the natural world. How does Deloria explain what happens to the bodies upon their death?
(a) Join the Great Spirit.
(b) Disappear.
(c) Turn to dust and blow away.
(d) Turn to dust that nourishes the plants and animals that fed them during their lifetime.

Short Answer Questions

1. The pope and Billy Graham believe that the revival of demonism, devil worship, astrological and numerological sciences are the devil's work. How does Deloria view these forms or worship?

2. Almost universally, Deloria claims tribal religions produced people ___________________.

3. As a criticism of Christian history, Deloria quotes Arnold Toynbee, saying the difficulty is that of viewing a map of the Mediterranean and _________________________.

4. In Chapter 10, Deloria said tribal communities believe death to be what type of event?.

5. In 1821, the Potawatomi chief, Metea, said the following when confronted with surrendering this tribe's land: "We are fearful we shall offend their spirits if we sell our lands; and we are fearful we shall offend you if we do not sell them." Who was Metea referring to when he said "their"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Deloria names three types of sacred lands. Describe one of them.

2. Why does Deloria believe sacred places are important?

3. Compare religion and politics from a Christian and an Indian point of view.

4. Why did Deloria feel it was a problem for Indians to convert to Christianity?

5. What is the difference between Christianity and Indian tribal beliefs regarding individuality?

6. How are dreams discussed in the chapter on human personality?

7. How did the Indians feel about hanging criminals?

8. In the book, "God is Red," what advantages are attributed to the establishment of reservations.

9. According to Deloria, what is the major difference between Christianity and Indian religions in regards to death?

10. In Deloria's opinion, why is it a problem that some tribes choose not to use modern conveniences?

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