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 adjective did Nerburn use to describe what white people thought Indians were with which Dan agreed?

2. What does "wakan" mean in English?

3. Who did Nerburn sit next to in the Buick on the trip?

4. In what year was the book published?

5. To what did Grover compare the white man's religious Communion in the Lakota society?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happened to Nerburn's black Nissan truck when he got back in it to drive away?

2. Explain the Indians' philosophy and practice of silence and how it differs from the white mens' way.

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

4. Dan asked Nerburn to read one of the papers he had written using the Elder's notes and clippings. Describe that paper.

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

6. Who passed Grover as he drove 45 mph on the trip they were taking?

7. Describe where Nerburn's Nissan truck ended up.

8. What was in the shoe boxes Dan gave Nerburn?

9. Describe the telephone call Nerburn got.

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 questions as essay topics:

1) What stages did the writing of the book go through and what was the final decision on how it should be written?

2) Explain the significance of tobacco and sweet grass to the Indians. What did the Indians do with those two things?

3) Describe the different stages the white men went through in their dealings with the Indians. How did it become worse and worse?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose two of these three topics:

1) Why did Indian children root for the cowboys in the old Cowboy and Indian movies?

2) What influence did Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show have? What famous Indian was in it? What famous foreign ruler saw it?

3) Describe "movie Indians." What were some of the funny comments made about them by the Indians?

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