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. 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 to the sun rising.
(b) A song to the sunset.
(c) A song for clean souls.
(d) A song for rain.

2. Who is it that tracks the few Utes who have left the reservation to their camp?
(a) Albert Left Hand.
(b) Blue Elk.
(c) Luther Spotted Dog.
(d) Frank No Deer.

3. The Mexican ex-bronco rider knows that by Tom Black Bull giving in to his violence, he will become what?
(a) Nothing like what he wants.
(b) More like what he hates.
(c) More like what he wants.
(d) Less comfortable on horses.

4. 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) 2 weeks.
(c) 1 month.
(d) 1 week.

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

6. Who does Tom Black Bull join with to become a bronco rider?
(a) Marty Redmond.
(b) Bill Edwards.
(c) Ed Porter.
(d) Red Dillon.

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

12. Two white men exit a saloon and offer Tom Black Bull how much to ride 'his horse' at the end of town?
(a) A dime.
(b) Fifty cents.
(c) A quarter.
(d) Two dollars.

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

14. How do Tom Black Bull and his teacher later force a Mexican shepherd to make them food?
(a) Under threat of clubbing.
(b) At gunpoint.
(c) At knifepoint.
(d) Under threat of punching.

15. Tom Black Bull tells the Mexican ex-bronco rider that he feels powerless at this point in his life, except for when?
(a) When alone in the mountains.
(b) When riding horses.
(c) When alone in the sagebrush.
(d) When making money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the powerful, violent force directing Tom Black Bull's life while he is in training on the San Juan ranch?

2. After two years, George and Bessie Black Bull are in debt for how much to the white man?

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

4. Tom Black Bull is left with the horses when his instructor buys a pickup and trailer, then goes to do what?

5. When the first frost arrives, Bessie examines the pine nuts, acorns, and fish they have and decides what?

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