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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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) Her son will be going to the white man's school.
(d) She and her son can return to the Southern Ute reservation.

3. 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 store clerk.
(d) A cafe cook.

4. 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.

5. What is the powerful, violent force directing Tom Black Bull's life while he is in training on the San Juan ranch?
(a) The 'old way'.
(b) The Mexican ex-bronco rider.
(c) His instructor.
(d) The horses.

6. 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) Two dollars.
(c) A quarter.
(d) Fifty cents.

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

8. In addition to assisting ewes and lambs through the difficulty of birth, Tom Black Bull helps protect against what?
(a) Rattlesnakes.
(b) Dogs.
(c) Racoons.
(d) Bears.

9. Having begun to reevaluate his life, Tom Black Bull returns to the hotel and refuses to comply with orders to do what?
(a) Ride in the next rodeo.
(b) Return to his instructor's spread.
(c) Prepare for the next con.
(d) Take care of the horses.

10. 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) His 'old ways are integrated with his new life.
(d) He absorbs the white man's ways, and forever forgets the 'old ways'.

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

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

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 picks the lock open, but is stopped.
(c) He climbs out a window, but is caught.
(d) He chants.

14. 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 horse blanket.
(b) A saddle.
(c) A jacket with brass buttons.
(d) A rifle.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Blue Elk talks Tom Black Bull into doing what with the bear cub?

2. Tom Black Bull is taken to his new dormitory room to get what?

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

4. After Tom Black Bull escapes the school, what old Indian tracker is sent with Benny Grayback to find him?

5. Who does Tom Black Bull join with to become a bronco rider?

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