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 was Nerburn's first inclination to do after leaving his Nissan at Jumbo's?
(a) He wanted to go to Dan's house and work on the book.
(b) He wanted to go to the motel and sleep till it was over.
(c) He wanted to take the trip with Grover and Dan.
(d) He wanted to stay in the village and explore it.

2. What movie star did Dan like?
(a) Gene Autry.
(b) John Wayne.
(c) Hopalong Cassidy.
(d) Roy Rogers.

3. Where did Fatback live?
(a) Under Dan's front porch.
(b) In the house with Dan.
(c) In a dirt hollow she had dug beneath the junk car.
(d) In an old wooden dog house.

4. According to Dan, the Creator love the smell of what?
(a) Sweet grass sprinkled into a fire.
(b) The spring prairie flowers.
(c) The spring rain.
(d) The Indian camp fire.

5. What criticisms did Grover have for the first chapters Nerburn wrote?
(a) They were too short and used large words.
(b) They were not authentic and full of lies.
(c) They were too poetic and fancy.
(d) They sounded too much like stories of "movie Indians."

6. In what year was the book updated?
(a) 2002.
(b) 2001.
(c) 2003.
(d) 2004.

7. According to Dan, what did the white man do to the land?
(a) Didn't love it.
(b) Developed it.
(c) Turned it into property.
(d) Disrespected it.

8. In what year was the book published?
(a) 1995.
(b) 1993.
(c) 1992.
(d) 1994.

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

10. What was outside of the Old Indian's house?
(a) A large Cadillac.
(b) A small vegetable garden.
(c) Two cars, one on blocks.
(d) An outhouse.

11. What was the title of one of the books Nerburn wrote after working on the reservation?
(a) Tales of the Elders.
(b) To Walk the Red Road.
(c) The Forgotten People.
(d) Our Mother Earth.

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

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

14. Nerburn got a phone call from whom in Chapter 1?
(a) His son.
(b) An Indian woman.
(c) An Indian Elder.
(d) His publisher.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are "pispiza"?

2. Why did Dan feel it was stupid to be called an Indian?

3. When all the sacred Indian ceremonies are gone what will be left according to Dan?

4. What color was Grover's Buick?

5. What did Wenonah suggest Nerburn do?

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