Native American Literature Quiz- Honors III (T. Lassiter)

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  • 1. 
    Define oral tradition.
    • A. 

      The passing on from one generation to another of songs, chants, proverbs, and other verbal compositions after it has been written down.

    • B. 

      The telling of songs, chants, proverbs, and other verbal compositions to a single generation within and between non‐literate cultures

    • C. 

      The use of "like" or "as" to draw a comparison between two unlike things

    • D. 

      The passing on from one generation (and/or locality) to another of songs, chants, proverbs, and other verbal compositions within and between non‐literate cultures by word of mouth

  • 2. 
    What is the author's purpose in the Zuni origin tale "The Flood"?
    • A. 

      To include the tribe's favorite food, corn, into the myth

    • B. 

      To warn its youth about the consequences of promiscutiy and other inquities

    • C. 

      To explain how floods came into existence

    • D. 

      To explain how earthquakes came into existence

  • 3. 
    Which member of the corn clan could not overlook the wrondoings of the rest of the clan?
    • A. 

      The youngest member

    • B. 

      The oldest member

    • C. 

      The priest's son

    • D. 

      The chief's son

  • 4. 
    Whom did the corn clan member pray to for help?
    • A. 

      His dead uncle

    • B. 

      His dead father

    • C. 

      His dead grandmother

    • D. 

      His dead grandfather

  • 5. 
    How was the priest's son's prayer answered?
    • A. 

      The prayer was not answered and the people continued to live in sin

    • B. 

      The dead uncle sent a hail storm to destroy the land

    • C. 

      The priest's son was told to set fire to the village

    • D. 

      The dead uncle sent an earthquake to punish the corn clan for their wrongdoings

  • 6. 
    What does the priest's son's prayers for the punishment of the tribe's iniquities tell us about the Zuni tribe?
    • A. 

      They are nosey and stays busy tending to other people's business

    • B. 

      The Zunis are spiritual and have a strong moral code that they live by and teach to their children

    • C. 

      That the Zunis are afraid of earthquakes and floods

    • D. 

      That the Zunis like to make up stories for pure entertainment

  • 7. 
    Define trickster tale.
    • A. 

      A recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work.

    • B. 

      The struggle found in fiction

    • C. 

      Giving human qualities to animals or objects

    • D. 

      A story about a mischievous, supernatural being

  • 8. 
    What animal is personified as the trickster in the Winnebago tale?
    • A. 

      Bear

    • B. 

      Coyote

    • C. 

      Snake

    • D. 

      Hare

  • 9. 
    What weapon does the trickster create in his first adventure?
    • A. 

      a flint knife

    • B. 

      A bow and arrow

    • C. 

      A slingshot

    • D. 

      An axe

  • 10. 
    Who is Sharp-elbow?
    • A. 

      A genrous village chief who is known for his kindness

    • B. 

      Hare's grandfather

    • C. 

      A god who protects and guides Hare on his many adventures

    • D. 

      A tyrannical village chief who is known for his elbow blades

  • 11. 
    How does Hare outsmart Sharp-elbow to retrieve his stolen arrow?
    • A. 

      He sends a young man to retrieve it

    • B. 

      He sends his grandmother to cast a spell on him that causes Sharp-elbow to consent to anything asked of him

    • C. 

      He takes a whetstone with him to retrieve the arrow and when Sharp-elbow attacks he uses the whetstone for protection against the attack

    • D. 

      He lights four prayersticks and asks the gods to retrieve it for him

  • 12. 
    What animal is personified as Hare's grandfather?
    • A. 

      Bear

    • B. 

      Fox

    • C. 

      Deer

    • D. 

      Cougar

  • 13. 
    Bear is supposed to be brave, so how does Hare trick him into being afraid?
    • A. 

      Hare told him of a large beast living near Bear's home.

    • B. 

      Hare took out his quiver and showed him four arrows.

    • C. 

      Hare told thim that the country is full of wars.

    • D. 

      Hare threated to kill him.

  • 14. 
    At the end of Hare's adventure with the headless bodies how does he turned them into "fast-fish."
    • A. 

      The headless bodies served Hare fish.

    • B. 

      The headless bodies tried to abuse people so they were turned into 'fast-fish' as a punishment.

    • C. 

      The headless bodies liked to eat fish.

    • D. 

      The headless bodies were actually creatures who evolved from fish so they were simply returned to their primordial state.

  • 15. 
    What lesson does Hare's adventure involving a tall man with  a cane attempt to teach  the Winnebago people?
    • A. 

      Flattery will get you no where

    • B. 

      Don't put of for tomorrow what you can do today

    • C. 

      Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

    • D. 

      Boasting shows weakness and will lead to bad things

  • 16. 
    According to "Hare's Adventure", how does he get his "burnt buttocks"?
    • A. 

      His buttocks was scorched by the sun which he had caught in a trap

    • B. 

      Grandmother burned him with a hot poker for being so mischievous

    • C. 

      Hare caught his own tale on fire trying to cook himself some dinner

    • D. 

      He was born that way

  • 17. 
    According to the myth, how did frogs loose their teeth?
    • A. 

      Frogs used to eat rocks and one day a frog ate a rock that was too hard and smashed its teeth.

    • B. 

      Frogs never had any teeth.

    • C. 

      Hare hit a frog with a club and burned the frog and cursed it by declaring it would never be able to harm anyone because it threatedned to hunt the hare down with dogs.

    • D. 

      Grandmother wanted to eat frog leg stew so she captured a frog and extracted its teeth one by one while chanting a Winnebago song, and since then frogs were without teeth.

  • 18. 
    According to Hare, what work did the Earthmaker send him to do?
    • A. 

      To make mischief and cause trouble

    • B. 

      To trample upon evil beings that were abusing his aunts and uncles

    • C. 

      To play tricks on other animals to prove how intelligent he is

    • D. 

      The hare has no purpose that is why his grandmother must always watch over him

  • 19. 
    After Hare had destroyed all the bad animals what did he decide to do next?
    • A. 

      He decided to prepare some animals for humans to eat

    • B. 

      He decided to go on his way and start a family of his own

    • C. 

      He decided that there were more bad animals and set out to destroy the rest of them

    • D. 

      The tale ended and the reader is not certain about what happened to bear

  • 20. 
    Which of the following is not an animal Hare prepared for humans to eat?
    • A. 

      Bear

    • B. 

      Elk

    • C. 

      Horse

    • D. 

      Both A and B

  • 21. 
    According to the myth,  which of the following are likely hunting  preparation rituals that the Winnebago perform?
    • A. 

      Burning tobacco as an offering

    • B. 

      Singing songs

    • C. 

      Entering into a trance to commune with the spirits of the natural world.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 22. 
    According to the myth, why must all things have an end?
    • A. 

      The Earthmaker wanted the opportunity to creat a new race of people

    • B. 

      Mankind would suffer because of a lack of food if there were more people than resources to care for them

    • C. 

      Hare wished it to be so and that was how it was

    • D. 

      Grandmother wished it to be so and that was how it was

  • 23. 
    What type of myth is the tale "The Jealous Uncle"?
    • A. 

      Origin tale

    • B. 

      Trickster tale

    • C. 

      Hero tale

    • D. 

      A fable

  • 24. 
    According to the tale, what horrible crime did the ucle commit?
    • A. 

      He killed all of the old people

    • B. 

      He killed all of the female children

    • C. 

      He killed all of the male children

    • D. 

      He killed all of the women

  • 25. 
    What did the family do to protect the children from the uncle?
    • A. 

      They dressed the boys like girls and told them to behave as girls do

    • B. 

      They locked the uncle away until the children were old enough to protect themselves

    • C. 

      They dressed the girls like boys and told them to behave as boys do

    • D. 

      They formed a mob and chased the uncle out of the village