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 were the most important assets Nerburn had in writing the book?

2. What did Dan's granddaughter put in the breakfast oatmeal?

3. How were the reservations defined on Nerburn's map?

4. What do white people fear that Indians do not and even cultivate?

5. What did Dan particularly not like about Hippies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Dan tell Nerburn about the prairie dogs?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why did Indians wear long hair?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of these three topics:

Choose two of these three topics:

1) What are some of the bitter memories and thoughts Dan shared with Nerburn about how white men treated Indians?

2) Describe Wounded Knee including the monument, the pillars, the latticework between the pillars, the graves and other objects at the site.

3) What are the ceremonies Dan went through after arriving at Wounded Knee?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of these questions as essay topics.

1) List and describe all the contents of Dan's shoe boxes. What is their purpose?

2) Describe Grover. How is he important to the book?

3) What did Dan write about how Indians learned about forgiveness from the land in the paper Nerburn read aloud?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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