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 did Dan like about Nerburn?

2. According to Dan, the Creator love the smell of what?

3. Where was Grover's house located?

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

5. What had an old farmer in Bismarck told Nerburn when he asked why he never went east?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Indians wear long hair?

5. Describe Grover's house.

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

7. Describe Dan's house.

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

9. What were some of the reasons why Nerburn considered going home after his lunch with Grover and Dan?

10. What did Dan say about being called an Indian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose two of these three topics:

1) How can a white person become like an Indian, according to Dan?

2) `Discuss the reasons Dan rebuked Nerburn for asking the Indian they picked up whether he was going to Sitting Bull's Memorial? How did it relate to how Southerners still view the Civil War?

3) Describe Sitting Bull and then tell about his murder. Why was he a great leader?

Essay Topic 2

Choose two of these three topics:

1) Describe the difference between white history and Indian history.

2) Why was Jesus important to Indians?

3) Describe the storm the three men went through sitting in Grover's Buick. How did each of them react to the storm?

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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