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. What does "wakan" mean in English?

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

3. What was Nerburn's first inclination to do after leaving his Nissan at Jumbo's?

4. Dan's lifestyle was like whose?

5. On what reservation had Nerburn worked several years before?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the houses in the Indian village Dan and Nerburn pass on their way to Grover's house.

2. Describe the telephone call Nerburn got.

3. Write some things about Dan's grandson.

4. What did Dan give Nerburn and what did Nerburn do with them?

5. Describe Grover.

6. By what means did white men attempt to exterminate the Indians?

7. Describe the landmark Nerburn came upon when riding across North Dakota on his motorcycle.

8. Describe the scene in Grover's Buick on the way back that moved Nerburn to tears.

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

10. What was Grover's answer when Dan asked him why he didn't have any junk cars in his yard and what was he referring to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of these three topics:

1) What did Dan say about Indians who sell sacred objects of their people?

2) Describe the grassy field where the Pow Wow was going to be held and what was on it.

3) How did being in the Navy influence Grover?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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