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The Iroquois Constitution
Category 1 questions follow
Question
In terms of a governmental body, what do the roots
of the Tree of Peace symbolize to the confederacy?
Answer
Strength/unity/power
Question
According to the author, what is the mission of the
Five Nations?
Answer
Include everyone who agrees to the Constitution
Question
To what other political organizations could you
compare the Iroquois confederacy and the Five
Nations?
Answer
Our federal government and the states working
together
Question
With which American institution could you compare
the council of the Five Nations?
Answer
Our Congress/state representatives
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What is the task of the eagle that sits at the top of
the Tree of Long Leaves?
Answer
To warn of danger/watch for danger
Category 2 questions follow
Question
Who is meant to see the smoke of the confederacy
council fire as it ascends to the sky?
Answer
The Iroquois allies (friends) that work with them
Question
Why do the lords of the Five Nations give thanks to
the earth before they begin deliberations?
Answer
Out of respect/to show respect
Question
According to the author, how do the Iroquois refer
to their god? (What do they call him?)
Answer
The Great Creator
Question
Read the passage.
“It shall be a serious wrong for anyone to lead a lord
into trivial affairs, for the people must ever hold their
lords high in estimation out of respect to their
honorable positions.”
What does this statement ask the lords to guard
against, or they will lose the respect of their people?
Answer
To focus on unimportant (trivial)
events/issues/activities
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For what purpose did the Iroquois use strings of
shells?
Answer
As money
Category 3 questions follow
Question
What does a candidate for lordship in the
Confederacy pledge when he gives four strings of
shells?
Answer
Loyalty to the Constitution/Confederacy/Iroquois
people
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What is suggested to a lord when he is told the
following?
“The thickness of your skin shall be seven spanswhich is to say that you will be proof against anger,
offensive actions, and criticism.”
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They will not/should not be hurt or angered by
criticism of others
Question
What does the author think about the value of
anger?
Answer
It will destroy the person (self-destructive)
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According to the author, what is the most important
goal of a confederate lord?
Answer
To act for the welfare of all the people
Question
Know the meaning of the following words:
Deliberation
Constitution
Oblivion
Disposition
Tempered
Answer
Use your book to write in definitions

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