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

Kent Nerburn
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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. Describe Nerburn's immediate family.

2. What color was Grover's couch?

3. How did Nerburn feel when he was among the Indians?

4. What did Grover insist they order at the truck stop?

5. What was the title of one of the books Nerburn wrote after working on the reservation?

Short Essay Questions

1. Dan said the trouble wasn't alcohol for the Indians. What did he say the trouble was?

2. Where was Nerburn sitting in Grover's Buick on the trip he took with Grover and Dan and what was he doing?

3. Describe Grover.

4. Describe the Homestead town they visited in Chapter 15.

5. When Nerburn went to Dan's house the next day to tell him he was leaving what did he find?

6. What did Dan say one had to do to be like an Indian?

7. What is Paha Sapa?

8. Describe the "wannabe" Hippies they ran into at the truck stop.

9. What did the Indian couple that was in the restaurant in the Homestead town do to disgrace Indians?

10. Why did Kent Nerburn want to write this book?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of these three topics:

1) Write about the silence of Indians vs the talkativeness of white people. Which do you think is better? Why?

2) What explanation did Dan give Nerburn for the junk lying out in front of the Indian village houses?

3) How do Indians and White people view possessions differently?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of these three topics:

1) Why did white men choose freedom and Indians choose honor to worship? Discuss the cages Dan brought up. Are white men really free?

2) How did Dan describe the treaties which were offered to the Indians?

3) How did the whites use words against the Indians?

Essay Topic 3

Choose two of these three topics:

1) How did the Indians treat white men when they first came to Indian land? How did white men -- French, Spanish and English -- treat the Indians?

2) What kind of a ride did they have after Nerburn asked to make a phone call and Grover said "short cut"? Why did Grover call his car "Shunka kan"?

3) What did Dan reveal about "Tatanka," the buffalo which they spotted on the side of a hill?

4) Choose two of the topics to write on.

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