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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 outrageous claim did William Hale make when he testified on his own behalf?
(a) He claimed that his answers would incriminate him.
(b) He claimed that Tom White and his agents had brutally coerced his confession from him using torture.
(c) He claimed that Henry Roan had committed suicide.
(d) He claimed that Ernest Burkhart was jealous of him and wanted to steal William Hale's wife.

2. With whom did Tom White and the prosecutors work in order to keep William Hale and John Ramsey behind bars by filing state charges against them for the bombing murders?
(a) The Kansas attorney general.
(b) The Colorado attorney general.
(c) The Utah attorney general.
(d) The Oklahoma attorney general.

3. Whose headright had William Hale tried to purchase prior to the owner's death?
(a) Charles Whitehorn.
(b) W.W. Vaughn.
(c) Henry Roan.
(d) Rita Smith.

4. A government study estimated that prior to 1925, how much money had been stolen from adult Osage wards by their appointed white guardians?
(a) $3,500,000.
(b) $18,000,000.
(c) $2,000,000.
(d) $8,000,000.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When the undercover operative talked to the worker at the Fairfax gas station, who did she name as controlling all aspects of life in the area?

2. Tom White was told by Mollie's priest that she sent him a secret message stating what?

3. Where did Tom White have to travel in order to interview Burt Lawson about the Osage murders?

4. When Ernest Burkhart decided to tell the whole truth, how did he escape from his uncle's control?

5. Whom did Ernest Burkhart name as the murderer of Henry Roan?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the Osage man mean when he told a reporter, "Tell everybody, when you write your story, that they're scalping our souls out here" (156)?

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

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

5. How did Tom White release the pent-up frustration created by his investigation of William Hale's involvement in the Osage murders?

6. To whom does Chapter 13's title refer in its moniker A Traitor to His Blood?

7. What did the men on the list of witnesses for the prosecution of William Hale have in common?

8. The author surmises that if widely circulated rumors are true, then Hale had killed his own unborn baby. What were these conditions?

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

10. What does the author mean when he describes Mollie Burkhart during the trial, saying that she was "cast out from the two worlds that she'd always straddled" (202)?

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