Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Kent Nerburn
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Dan's Indian friends call Nerburn?
(a) City boy.
(b) White man.
(c) Grizzly Adams.
(d) Intruder.

2. When Dan asked what Gitchi-gumi was, what did Nerburn answer?
(a) Lake Ontario.
(b) Lake Michigan.
(c) Lake Huron.
(d) Lake Superior.

3. What did Dan particularly not like about Hippies?
(a) That they took drugs.
(b) That they practiced free love.
(c) The Hippie hand shake.
(d) Their bad manners.

4. Why didn't Nerburn play cards?
(a) He had never learned how to play.
(b) He disapproved of playing cards.
(c) He felt it led to gambling.
(d) He thought it was a waste of time.

5. What did the Lakota people consider a sacred offering?
(a) River stones.
(b) Tobacco.
(c) Maize.
(d) Buffalo hides.

6. When was a man supposed to wear an eagle feather?
(a) During a Pow Wow.
(b) When he earned it in battle or a veteran gave it to him.
(c) When his mother gave it to him.
(d) When he found it in nature.

7. What did Grover, Dan and Nerburn have for lunch at Grover's house?
(a) Baloney sandwiches.
(b) Tuna fish sandwiches.
(c) Roast beef sandwiches.
(d) Grape jelly and peanut butter sandwiches.

8. What was the author doing when the seed for this book was planted in his mind?
(a) Re-reading the other books he had written about Indians.
(b) Sitting on his front porch watching the sun set.
(c) Riding his motorcycle across North Dakota in August.
(d) Day-dreaming about Indians and their values.

9. What did Dan like about Nerburn?
(a) He was polite.
(b) He was thoughtful.
(c) He was quiet.
(d) He wasn't trying to be an Indian.

10. What was in the yard to the left of Grover's house?
(a) A small garden.
(b) A perfectly ordered woodpile.
(c) A wagon wheel.
(d) An old, rusted truck

11. How far apart were the houses in the village?
(a) About 75 ft. from one another.
(b) About a mile apart.
(c) About a quarter of a mile apart.
(d) About a half a mile apart.

12. What does "wakan" mean in English?
(a) Sacred or filled with power.
(b) Secret or hidden.
(c) Young or innocent.
(d) Far away.

13. Why did the woman from New York say the Red Road books were not helpful in finding out about the Indians?
(a) She didn't care to learn the truth about the Lakota people.
(b) She didn't trust a book written by a white man.
(c) The Indians sounded "flat and uninteresting" in the books.
(d) The Indians in the book weren't like the "movie Indians."

14. In which South Western City was there a market where rich people could buy all kinds of Indian stuff?
(a) El Paso.
(b) San Antonio.
(c) Santa Fe.
(d) Austin.

15. What did Dan and Grover say about Jumbo's ability to fix Nerburn's NIssan truck?
(a) They said he'd never be able to fix it.
(b) They said he'd probably sell it.
(c) They said he'd fix it and rent it out till Nerburn returned.
(d) They said he'd either fix it or kill it.

Short Answer Questions

1. How were the reservations defined on Nerburn's map?

2. What drug did Nerburn take in the sixties that mimicked the experience Dan had listening to the dead?

3. What criticisms did Grover have for the first chapters Nerburn wrote?

4. How do Dan and the Lakota people feel about being called Indians?

5. On what kind of sandwich did Grover often make for which Dan complimented him?

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