When the Legends Die Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Hal Borland
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Tom Black Bull share part of his deer kill?
(a) With the sheriff.
(b) With Blue Elk.
(c) With a bear.
(d) With Jim Thatcher.

2. How many days away from the agency school does Blue Elk take Tom Black Bull and the bear cub?
(a) 2.
(b) 3.
(c) 1.
(d) 4.

3. What differs between horses that Tom Black Bull rode on the sagebrush range and those that he rides on the new spread?
(a) Indian ponies were heftier.
(b) Essentially no difference.
(c) Indian ponies were smaller.
(d) Indian horses were bigger.

4. After two years, George and Bessie Black Bull are in debt for how much to the white man?
(a) $52.
(b) $42.
(c) $62.
(d) $32.

5. What is Blue Elk impressed to learn about Tom Black Bull?
(a) He knows the 'old ways' have no end.
(b) He has lived alone in the 'old ways' for two years.
(c) He brings the 'old way' out of Blue Elk by singing.
(d) He knows how to sing in the 'old ways' alone.

6. The main character, a Ute boy, first learns the Indian legends, keeps them alive, and then lives with white men. What happens to him, ultimately?
(a) The white man's ways gradually fade the 'old ways' from memory.
(b) He absorbs the white man's ways, and forever forgets the 'old ways'.
(c) The 'old ways' are driven from his life.
(d) His 'old ways are integrated with his new life.

7. Tom Black Bull tells Benny Grayback that he will agree to acclimate under what condition?
(a) If he can retrieve items from his lodge.
(b) If he can eat Indian meals.
(c) If he can visit his parents' graves.
(d) If they will let his brother, Bear, free.

8. When Jim Thatcher tells Bessie Black Bull that Frank No Deer's death was self-defense, what does she do?
(a) She does not believe him, so she and Tom quickly leave town.
(b) She tells him it is too late, that George is dead.
(c) She returns to the Southern Ute reservation.
(d) She and Tom part ways, as she believes they will look for him.

9. Why has Tom Black Bull taken well to caring for the sheep?
(a) It is not as much work as horses.
(b) The pigs are always groveling in mud.
(c) It is a part of his nature.
(d) The goats wander too far.

10. After Tom Black Bull escapes the school, what old Indian tracker is sent with Benny Grayback to find him?
(a) Night Owl.
(b) Eagle Eye.
(c) Fish.
(d) Raven.

11. When Tom Black Bull grabs the saddle to steady himself on one bronco, he is chewed out for not riding what?
(a) Smooth.
(b) Sharp.
(c) Smart.
(d) Clean.

12. Tom Black Bull emerges a new man after purchasing new clothing and going to the barber, and draws the attention of whom?
(a) A waitress.
(b) A new instructor.
(c) A cafe cook.
(d) A store clerk.

13. Tom Black Bull's ego and sense of adventure are fed by what as he assesses himself west of Corpus Christi?
(a) The exhilaration and bravado of the rodeo circuit.
(b) Eating in cafes instead of the Mexican ex-bronco rider's cooking.
(c) Winning big bets on the rodeo circuit.
(d) Sleeping in hotels instead of a dormitory room.

14. What does the gold prospector do the morning after Bear's Brother spies him along the stream?
(a) He shoots the she-bear and traps a cub.
(b) He shoots one of the bear cubs.
(c) He shoots the she-bear and a cub.
(d) He traps one of the cubs.

15. While en route to rendezvous with her husband, Bessie Black Bull and her son bathe in a ritual cleansing while singing what?
(a) A song for clean souls.
(b) A song for rain.
(c) A song to the sunset.
(d) A song to the sun rising.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens during one rodeo ride in Texas requiring hospitalization for Tom Black Bull?

2. What sort of lodge does George Black Bull build when snow begins to show in the mountains?

3. What does the bear cub that Tom Black Bull takes care of represent?

4. Tom Black Bull's parents teach him the methods of building lodges, preparing food for winter, and what else?

5. How does Blue Elk trick Tom Black Bull into agreeing to go to the agency school?

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