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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. Who served as a pallbearer at both Anna's and Henry's funerals?
(a) Bill Smith.
(b) William Hale.
(c) Rita Smith.
(d) Tom White.

2. What is NOT one role the author names when describing Henry Grammer?
(a) Steer-roping champion.
(b) Train robber.
(c) Murderer.
(d) Bootlegger.

3. 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 move away from the reservation.
(d) He promised to adopt the Smiths' children.

4. How was William Hale related to Bryan Burkhart?
(a) William Hale was Bryan Burkhart's nephew.
(b) William Hale and Bryan Burkhart were second cousins.
(c) Bryan Burkhart was William Hale's nephew.
(d) William Hale was Bryan Burkhart's father-in-law.

5. With whom was Anna riding in a car the final time Mollie saw Anna alive?
(a) Ernest Burkhart.
(b) William Hale.
(c) Charles Whitehorn.
(d) Bryan Burkhart.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lots at the Osage land auction were never sold for less than what sum of money?

2. What was the name of the part-Kaw, part-Osage U.S. senator from Kansas who was then the "highest official with acknowledged Indian ancestry ever elected to office" (96)?

3. What fact made the authorities certain that W.W. Vaughn's disappearance from his train was the result of foul play?

4. How many children did Henry Roan have at the time of his murder?

5. In what year did Mollie and Henry marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the author's purpose for including a before picture and an after picture of Bill and Rita Smith's house within the text?

2. 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?

3. 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)?

4. Describe the racism inherent in the assignment of guardians to the Osage people subsequent to the discovery of oil beneath reservation land.

5. What is the symbolism of Anna's alligator purse?

6. How do the actions of Operative No. 46 demonstrate the author's claim that "this was what Sherlock Holmes stories left out--the tedium of real detective work, the false leads and dead ends" (61)?

7. What details does the author use to portray Tom White's character and how is Tom White compared to Mollie Burkhart?

8. What attempts did Bill and Rita Smith make to keep themselves safe from the rash of murders happening among the Osage?

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

10. Characterize the relationship among Mollie, Lizzie and Anna.

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