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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What promise did William Hale make to Mollie after the bombing of Bill and Rita Smith's home, resulting in their murders?
(a) He promised to pay for the renovation of the Smiths' former home.
(b) He promised to avenge her family's murders.
(c) He promised to adopt the Smiths' children.
(d) He promised to move away from the reservation.

2. In what location of Kansas were the Osage forced to settle once they had been forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in Oklahoma?
(a) Southwestern Iowa.
(b) Northwestern Kansas.
(c) Southeastern Kansas.
(d) Southeastern Colorado.

3. Which of Mollie's sisters had died three years before the beginning of the narrative?
(a) Lizzie.
(b) Mabel.
(c) Minnie.
(d) Anna.

4. Who did Henry Roan consider to be his best friend?
(a) Tom White.
(b) Ernest Burkhart.
(c) William Hale.
(d) Bryan Burkhart.

5. When the Osage land auction record rose to nearly $14 million, a reporter remarked in an article, "The Osage Indians are becoming so rich that" (76) what?
(a) They would soon be able to leave the country altogether.
(b) Their lives were now worth nothing.
(c) They were in danger of overstepping their bounds.
(d) Something would have to be done about it.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long after Anna's murder did her mother Lizzie die of a "peculiar wasting illness" (35)?

2. To whom did Mollie turn when the local officials expressed little interest in investigating Anna's murder?

3. The last person to be seen with Anna Brown the night she disappeared said that he saw her last when he completed what action?

4. In what decade did the U.S. government forcibly move the Osage tribe from their land in Kansas?

5. Who was Mollie's appointed financial guardian?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were the Osage people depicted in the media?

2. Why is it a revelation to the reader when the author states, "Many Osage had come to believe that local authorities were colluding with the killers" (92)?

3. How does the theme of the fight against oppression emerge within John Palmer's interactions with Charles Curtis?

4. What is the meaning of the book's title, Killers of the Flower Moon?

5. What happened in the 1870s that eventually resulted in great wealth for the Osage people?

6. What types of details are revealed about Bill Smith that lead the reader to think that he may have been involved in Anna's murder?

7. What evidence does the author use to support his claim that "It wasn't only the federal government that was meddling in the tribe's financial affairs" (80)?

8. Why were the people of the Osage tribe already on high alert by the time Anna disappeared?

9. What is the subject of the quote used to begin Chronicle Two: The Evidence Man and what is his purpose for using it?

10. What details does the author reveal about Henry Roan and what is his purpose for revealing these particular details?

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