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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Blue Elk knows that life based on the 'old ways' contrasts starkly with how he lives and is what?
(a) Identical to his lifestyle.
(b) Inferior to his lifestyle.
(c) Comparable to his lifestyle.
(d) Superior to his lifestyle.

2. Tom Black Bull's parents teach him the methods of building lodges, preparing food for winter, and what else?
(a) Hunting buffalo.
(b) Keeping his spirit in tune with nature.
(c) Making pots from clay.
(d) Farming corn.

3. The other students tease Tom Black Bull about his basket weaving skill and call him what?
(a) Bear's Sister.
(b) Basket Woman.
(c) She-bear.
(d) Baby Bear.

4. Who is called to interpret for Tom Black Bull because he speaks only Ute?
(a) Charles Huckleberry.
(b) Benny Grayback.
(c) Albert Left Hand.
(d) Blue Elk.

5. How is Tom Black Bull punished when he fights other boys?
(a) He is forced to make more baskets.
(b) He is flogged.
(c) He is forced to stand in a corner.
(d) He is made to stay out in the cold.

6. What do Bessie and Tom Black Bull gather willow shoots and other plants for?
(a) Lodge insulation.
(b) Winter basketry.
(c) Lodge mats.
(d) Winter fires.

7. What is it that Tom Black Bull admires for sale in a store window when he arrives in Bayfield with Albert Left Hand?
(a) A jacket with brass buttons.
(b) A saddle.
(c) A rifle.
(d) A horse blanket.

8. How is George Black Bull killed?
(a) Shot by the sheriff.
(b) Strangled by Blue Elk.
(c) In an avalanche.
(d) He drowns.

9. Tom Black Bull is given a single room at whose suggestion?
(a) Dolly Beaverfoot.
(b) Benny Grayback.
(c) Charley Huckleberry.
(d) Rowena Ellis.

10. 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) False legends arise, but he is able to remain focused.
(b) He makes the transition integrating the legends.
(c) He makes the trek without building any legends.
(d) He builds his own false legends as he goes.

11. What does the bear cub that Tom Black Bull takes care of represent?
(a) Tom's communion with nature.
(b) Tom's communion with the wilderness.
(c) Tom's communion with his parents' spirits.
(d) Tom's 'old way' spirit.

12. The Mexican ex-bronco rider that now cooks is correct when he says what?
(a) Tom Black Bull's instructor wins, the horse wins, but Tom does not win.
(b) Tom Black Bull's instructor wins, but the horse and Tom do not win.
(c) Tom Black Bull's instructor wins, the horse wins, and Tom wins.
(d) Tom Black Bull's instructor wins, Tom wins, but the horse does not win.

13. Why does Tom Black Bull believe it is foolish to be a farmer?
(a) Farming and gardening is women's work.
(b) One does not turn the earth into what it does not want to be.
(c) His parents' farming dried in a drought.
(d) One could pick berries and nuts that grew naturally.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the Mexican ex-bronco rider who now cooks at Tom Black Bull's new residence?

2. When Jim Thatcher tells Bessie Black Bull that Frank No Deer's death was self-defense, what does she do?

3. Having begun to reevaluate his life, Tom Black Bull returns to the hotel and refuses to comply with orders to do what?

4. What happens with George Black Bull's body?

5. How does Tom Black Bull share part of his deer kill?

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