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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. William Hale once said, "I, like many other good men, believed it would be only a short time until Congress would pass a law" (160) that permitted what practice?
(a) The sale of headrights.
(b) Lynchings.
(c) Alcohol sales on reservation lands.
(d) Gambling on reservation lands.

2. In 1926, Ernest Burkhart was sentenced to what punishment for his crimes?
(a) Forty years in prison without the possibility of parole.
(b) Life imprisonment and hard labor.
(c) Fifteen to twenty years in prison.
(d) The death penalty.

3. Where did Tom White have to travel in order to interview Burt Lawson about the Osage murders?
(a) To the Dominican Republic.
(b) To Colorado.
(c) To the McAlester state penitentiary.
(d) To Utah.

4. In what year did Tom White become a special agent of the Bureau of Investigation?
(a) 1907.
(b) 1912.
(c) 1917.
(d) 1902.

5. Before joining the Justice Department, J. Edgar Hoover had been a clerk at what location?
(a) The Library of Congress.
(b) The Department of Transportation.
(c) The Smithsonian.
(d) The Treasury Department.

Short Answer Questions

1. As a last resort before William Hale would be released, who did Tom White have transported to Guthrie without J. Edgar Hoover's knowledge?

2. Once Tom White realized that corrupt white citizens would not implicate one another, what group did he turn to next in his quest to solve the Osage murders?

3. Even though Burt Lawson turned down Ernest Burkhart's offer twice, what caused him to finally relent and agree to bomb Bill Smith's house?

4. J. Edgar Hoover often repeated the maxim "You either improve or" (167) do what?

5. When Tom White married in 1908, whom did he marry?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the media portray Mollie Burkhart during the trial of Ernest Burkhart and William Hale?

2. What were the reasons for William Hale's certainty that he would not be convicted of murder?

3. How were the Texas Rangers viewed differently by white Texans than they were viewed by people of color?

4. What was the reaction of the public to the news of how deep the conspiracy against the Osage had actually gone?

5. How is paradox apparent within the question of which government entity had jurisdiction over the Osage murders?

6. To what plan is the author referring when he states, "the plan was so brazen, so sinister, that it was hard to fathom" (162)?

7. What does the author consider to be the most damning evidence that Mollie's illness was being caused by poison?

8. What did Tom White's investigation into the system of Osage guardianship reveal?

9. Why did the Shoun doctors refrain from summoning the sheriff or a prosecutor in favor of summoning Bill Smith's personal attorney as Bill Smith lay upon his deathbed?

10. What does the author mean when he describes the Shoun brothers as "seemingly ubiquitous" (158) when he discusses their involvement in Henry Roan's insurance policy dealings?

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