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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 many cattle are in the red herd?
(a) 15.
(b) 250.
(c) 3.
(d) 2,500.

2. What are the signs that Milly gave up the Mormon religion?
(a) She told Jane she gave up the religion.
(b) She quit teaching and fought against Mormon ways of raising a girl.
(c) Her headstone has no Mormon symbols.
(d) She taught in a Gentile school.

3. Who founded the town of Cottonwood?
(a) Jane's father.
(b) Oldring.
(c) Bishop Dyer.
(d) Jane.

4. Lassiter wants to go home? Where is home for Lassiter?
(a) Texas.
(b) Northern Utah.
(c) Illinois.
(d) Cottonwood.

5. What does Venters take back to camp with him on his first visit to the cliff dweller's cave?
(a) Food from the dwellings.
(b) Bone dust.
(c) Gold.
(d) Pottery.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jane want more than anything else for Lassiter?

2. What does Venters name the rock at the entrance to Surprise Valley?

3. Which horse does Jane give to Venters to go find the red herd?

4. When Lassiter appears, what does Jane offer that enrages Tull?

5. Which horse does Jane give to Lassiter?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Venters carries Bess up the pass to the hidden valley, he experiences a new strength. What is this strength? What is the source of Venters strength?

2. Who is Jane's one lone defender when Tull begins to pressure Jane into marriage? How can one person help Jane? Is defending Jane a job that requires more people?

3. Describe Balancing Rock and how it was made to balance. What would happen if the rock is dislodged? How can this protect Venters and Bess now that he knows how to use the rock as a defense? Do you think this is foreshadowing an event?

4. While exploring for the first time, Venters finds evidence of beavers in Surprise Valley and realizes that he must find the the stream where they entered. Why does Venters need to see the where the stream enters Surprise Valley? What is he afraid of?

5. Compare the entrance to Surprise Valley under the stone bridge and the entrance to the ancient cave dwellers up the steep steps. How are these the same and how are they different? What did they mean to the ancient peoples and how are they important to Venters and Bess?

6. How is Tull different than the man he pretends to be? How does he play both ends of his conspiracy against Jane?

7. When Venters returns from hunting, Bess is sitting up in bed and wants to be lifted down. What does this moment signify in their relationship? How are they judging each other at this point in the story?

8. When Jane visits the Brandts in town, the women warn her about her behavior. What are the Mormon's women's concerns with Jane? How do they think she will be punished? How will she be rewarded if she marries Tull? Would her marriage to Tull be the right thing for her religiously?

9. Who is the "unseen hand" and what role is he playing in what is happening to Jane and her ranch? Why is the "unseen hand" at work?

10. Jane is torn between her love for the Mormon church and the reality of the actions of it's leaders. How is this internal conflict reflected in Jane's actions?

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