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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After Tom Black Bull's injury heals they go to Colorado, but his instructor is unable to pull the con, so what happens?
(a) They go to California, Oregon, and Nevada.
(b) They go to Utah, Nevada, and California.
(c) They go to Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada.
(d) They go to Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.

2. The last time Tom Black Bull returns to the hotel to find his instructor asleep and drunk again, he does what?
(a) Takes all but $5 from his pocket.
(b) Takes all but $10 from his pocket.
(c) Takes all but $15 from his pocket.
(d) Takes all but $20 from his pocket.

3. What happens during one rodeo ride in Texas requiring hospitalization for Tom Black Bull?
(a) He breaks his hip.
(b) He breaks his arm.
(c) He breaks his leg.
(d) He breaks his collarbone.

4. Twisted in spirit by first learning as a boy, then in young adulthood trying to kill memories and old influences, what happens to Tom?
(a) He makes the transition integrating the legends.
(b) False legends arise, but he is able to remain focused.
(c) He makes the trek without building any legends.
(d) He builds his own false legends as he goes.

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

6. What do George and Bessie Black Bull opt for when the white man's method of support fails?
(a) Smoking coyotes and fish they do not eat.
(b) Smoking venison and fish they do not eat.
(c) Smoking sheep and fish they do not eat.
(d) Smoking cattle and fish they do not eat.

7. How many baskets does Bessie Black Bull trade for an ax, ammunition, a hunting knife, and candy at Jim Thatcher's store?
(a) 3.
(b) 1.
(c) 4.
(d) 2.

8. 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 'old ways' are driven from his life.
(b) The white man's ways gradually fade the 'old ways' from memory.
(c) He absorbs the white man's ways, and forever forgets the 'old ways'.
(d) His 'old ways are integrated with his new life.

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

10. In regards to Blue Elk being willing to sell his own grandmother, what is his reply?
(a) He never knew her.
(b) She teaches at a different reservation.
(c) She works in a town over the mountains.
(d) She is dead.

11. 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 horses were bigger.
(d) Indian ponies were smaller.

12. What is the white man's idea of how the Utes should live?
(a) Hunting and fishing.
(b) Farming corn.
(c) Raising chickens and turkeys.
(d) Raising hogs.

13. What does Tom Black Bull do to relieve his anger when Red Dillon enters him into rodeo bronco riding competitions to cheat?
(a) Vents it in any way he can.
(b) Vents it in every illegal way he can.
(c) Quits riding altogether.
(d) Vents it in every legal way he can.

14. 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.

15. What does Jim Thatcher tell Bessie Black Bull regarding Blue Elk following her encounter with the Indian women who initially tease her?
(a) He was partly responsible for settling the issue with Frank No Deer.
(b) He was responsible for stealing from Jim Thatcher's store.
(c) He had nothing to do with settling the issue with Frank No Deer.
(d) He was totally responsible for settling the issue with Frank No Deer.

Short Answer Questions

1. Two white men exit a saloon and offer Tom Black Bull how much to ride 'his horse' at the end of town?

2. When Tom Black Bull grabs the saddle to steady himself on one bronco, he is chewed out for not riding what?

3. When Tom Black Bull realizes he has been betrayed by Blue Elk, what does he fight for?

4. Who does Tom Black Bull share a room with in the dormitory?

5. When his plowing fails, Tom Black Bull is next set to task as what?

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