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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. When late March arrives, Tom Black Bull knows the time has come for what?
(a) The Bear Growling.
(b) The Bear Song.
(c) The Bear Dance.
(d) The Bear Mating.

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

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

4. What does the introductory poem summarize?
(a) The pathos of the demise of the American Indian way.
(b) The demise of some, but not all, American Indian tribes.
(c) The tragedy of the demise of American Indian legends.
(d) The tragedy of the demise of the American Wild West.

5. What is Bessie Black Bull relieved about upon her return to the mountains following her second trip to Jim Thatcher's store?
(a) Bear's Brother will be going to the white man's school.
(b) The problem concerning Frank No Deer is resolved.
(c) She and her son can return to the Southern Ute reservation.
(d) Her son will be going to the white man's school.

6. When Tom Black Bull escapes from the school, what happens?
(a) He takes up residence in his lodge as though he never left.
(b) He goes to his mountain and the song remains in his soul.
(c) He encounters the jays and chipmunks that remain his friends.
(d) He returns to his mountain and finds his lodge burned down.

7. 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 Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada.
(b) They go to Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.
(c) They go to California, Oregon, and Nevada.
(d) They go to Utah, Nevada, and California.

8. When Tom Black Bull lets some animals get ill eating green corn, he is put back in the barn for how long before he goes to the horses?
(a) 3 weeks.
(b) 1 week.
(c) 1 month.
(d) 2 weeks.

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

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

11. Blue Elk sees Bessie Black Bull leaving the store on her second trip and steals what from her?
(a) All but her clothing.
(b) All but the blue coat for Tom.
(c) All but the red coat for Tom.
(d) All but a small basket.

12. 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 builds his own false legends as he goes.
(d) He makes the trek without building any legends.

13. What does Tom Black Bull do when Benny Grayback locks him in a room?
(a) He escapes using his ax, but is found.
(b) He climbs out a window, but is caught.
(c) He picks the lock open, but is stopped.
(d) He chants.

14. Whom does Tom Black Bull assist with the sheep?
(a) Benny Grayback.
(b) Albert Left Hand.
(c) Ed Porter.
(d) Charley Huckleberry.

15. When his plowing fails, Tom Black Bull is next set to task as what?
(a) A shepherd boy with the sheep.
(b) A coop boy with the chickens.
(c) A herd boy with the goats.
(d) A herd boy with the cows.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How long following his punishment does Tom Black Bull escape the school?

3. What differs between horses that Tom Black Bull rode on the sagebrush range and those that he rides on the new spread?

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

5. How is Tom Black Bull punished when he fights other boys?

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