Native American Literature Quiz! Trivia

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Are you familiar with Native American literature? Do you suppose you can get past this quiz? There are traditional oral and written works of literature of the indigenous people of America. These consist of ancient hieroglyphic and pictographic writings of middle America and an extensive set of folktales, myths, and oral histories that were told by Native American storytellers throughout time. Take this quiz and put your knowledge of native American literature to the test.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term void?
    • A. 

      A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream

    • B. 

      An empty space

    • C. 

      An ankle-length garment worn by clergymen

    • D. 

      A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.

  • 2. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term ritual?
    • A. 

      A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.

    • B. 

      Stubbornly opposed to what is right or reasonable.

    • C. 

      Shifty; not straightforward

    • D. 

      A broad, flat-topped hill with cliff-like sides

  • 3. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term devious?
    • A. 

      To compete

    • B. 

      To give up or give in

    • C. 

      A place devoted to religious seclusion

    • D. 

      Shifty; not straightforward

  • 4. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term cloister?
    • A. 

      A place devoted to religious seclusion

    • B. 

      An ankle-length garment worn by clergymen

    • C. 

      A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.

    • D. 

      A broad, flat-topped hill with cliff-like sides

  • 5. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term perverse?
    • A. 

      An ankle-length garment worn by clergymen

    • B. 

      Stubbornly opposed to what is right or reasonable.

    • C. 

      A place devoted to religious seclusion

    • D. 

      A broad, flat-topped hill with cliff-like sides

  • 6. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term mesa?
    • A. 

      An empty space

    • B. 

      A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.

    • C. 

      A broad, flat-topped hill with cliff-like sides

    • D. 

      Shifty; not straightforward

  • 7. 
    (Vocabulary) Which best defines the term cassock?
    • A. 

      An ankle-length garment worn by clergymen

    • B. 

      A place devoted to religious seclusion

    • C. 

      To compete

    • D. 

      A deep gully cut by an intermittent stream

  • 8. 
    (Turtle's Back) How did the young mother of twins die?
    • A. 

      Her head was cut off.

    • B. 

      Her son killed her during child-birth.

    • C. 

      She was shot by an arrow.

    • D. 

      She fell from high in the sky and broke her back on the rocky cliffs.

  • 9. 
    (Turtle's Back) According to the myth, the left-handed twin created a mountain lion in response to his brothers creation of ________.
    • A. 

      Man

    • B. 

      Birds

    • C. 

      Deer

    • D. 

      Coyote

  • 10. 
    (High Horse) High Horse offered four horses to an old man for his _______.
    • A. 

      Rifle

    • B. 

      Daughter

    • C. 

      Golden ring

    • D. 

      Enchanted spear

  • 11. 
    (High Horse) What was the name of High Horse's good friend?
    • A. 

      Red Bull

    • B. 

      Black Deer

    • C. 

      Red Deer

    • D. 

      Black Dog

  • 12. 
    (High Horse) At the end of the story, the old man approved of High Horse.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    (Coyote Myths) Which animal taught coyote how to turn another color?
    • A. 

      Fox

    • B. 

      Bluebird

    • C. 

      Cardinal

    • D. 

      Red deer

  • 14. 
    (Coyote Myths) After turning blue, a coyote ran into a stump because he was....
    • A. 

      Watching his shadow.

    • B. 

      Intoxicated from drinking too much wine.

    • C. 

      Blinded by the sun.

    • D. 

      Injured by an arrow.

  • 15. 
    (Coyote Myths) Instead of killing the giant, coyote made a deal with the giant and lived as King inside the great beast for three generations.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    (Coyote Myths) In the myth, Coyote and Buffalo, Buffalo Bull disrespect the skull of Coyote by kicking it and tossing it up in the air.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 17. 
    (Coyote Myths) What did Coyote make for Buffalo Bull?
    • A. 

      A necklace made of bone

    • B. 

      A spear with a diamond tip

    • C. 

      New horns

    • D. 

      A mystic fire

  • 18. 
    (Coyote Myths) Coyote broke his promise to Buffalo Bull when he...
    • A. 

      Killed the young cow.

    • B. 

      Killed the bluebird.

    • C. 

      Killed the whale.

    • D. 

      Killed the fox.

  • 19. 
    (Coyote Myths) What did Coyote give the rock?
    • A. 

      A young cow

    • B. 

      A glass of water

    • C. 

      A blanket

    • D. 

      A pillow made of willow branches

  • 20. 
    (Coyote Myths) In the myth, Coyote and the Rolling Rock, which creature did not attempt to help Coyote?
    • A. 

      Bears

    • B. 

      Rattlesnakes

    • C. 

      Witches

    • D. 

      Buffalo

  • 21. 
    (Coyote Myths) When fox states, "No longer shall he live in the smaller waters, in the rivers, where he can make love to the wives of men, where he can lure wives from their husbands", he is referring to which creature?
    • A. 

      The whale

    • B. 

      The seal

    • C. 

      The shark

    • D. 

      The sea turtle

  • 22. 
    (Coyote Myths) According to the myths, which creature taught man how to get fire out of wood?
    • A. 

      Fox

    • B. 

      Coyote

    • C. 

      Muskrat

    • D. 

      Rattlesnake

  • 23. 
    (Turtle's Back) The right-handed twin was angry at his brother for killing their mother.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 24. 
    (Turtle's Back) The right-handed twin killed his grandmother and tossed her head into the air.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    (Coyote Myths) The fire beings were glad to share their fire with the hairless humans.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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