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 was the only sign of industriousness that could be seen in the village?

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

3. What was the name of the old Indian's dog?

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

5. Why does Dan feel he should forgive the white man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Grover.

2. Who was the white lady Grover mentioned and what had she wanted to do?

3. What were some of the things discussed by Dan and Grover and Nerburn as they watched an old cowboy and Indian movie on television?

4. Describe the telephone call Nerburn got.

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why wasn't Grover bothered by the presence of the Hippies?

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) Describe the Homestead town where they stopped.

2) Describe the scene with the drunken Indians in the restaurant.

3) How were Indians turned into victims by white people?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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