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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. How old was Tom White when he watched his father execute a criminal?
(a) 13.
(b) 6.
(c) 8.
(d) 10.

2. The author states that when William Hale turned himself in to Sheriff Freas, he looked as if he were going where?
(a) To his execution.
(b) To church.
(c) To heaven.
(d) To a formal party.

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

4. Who served as a guardian to both Anna and Lizzie before their deaths?
(a) Scott Mathis.
(b) Ernest Burkhart.
(c) William Hale.
(d) David Shoun.

5. In what organization did Tom White enlist when he was 24?
(a) The Texas Rangers.
(b) The Daughters of the American Revolution.
(c) The Anti-Indian Militia.
(d) The Masons.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of Tom White's brothers was gunned down when he went to arrest a pair of deserters in East Texas?

2. What reason did Henry Roan's widow give for not drinking the whiskey brought to her by William Hale?

3. What was Kelsie Morrison's answer when he was asked what he had done directly after shooting Anna in the head?

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

5. In the spring of 1925, J. Edgar Hoover fired many Bureau of Investigation agents in San Francisco for what transgression?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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)?

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

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

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

7. What was Tom White's reaction to discovering that so many possible witnesses could no longer testify because they were dead?

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

9. What is the significance of the photograph in the text that depicts a roping contest from 1909?

10. What emotions did Tom White feel upon beginning his interrogation of William Hale?

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