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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How long following his punishment does Tom Black Bull escape the school?
(a) 3 days.
(b) 1 week.
(c) 2 days.
(d) 2 weeks.

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

4. Tom Black Bull and his teacher are run out of Felice with the latter shirtless, so he leaves what on a clothesline they pass?
(a) A $2 bill in exchange for a shirt he takes.
(b) A $5 bill in exchange for a shirt he takes.
(c) A $10 bill in exchange for a shirt he takes.
(d) A $1 bill in exchange for a shirt he takes.

5. After Tom Black Bull escapes the school, what old Indian tracker is sent with Benny Grayback to find him?
(a) Fish.
(b) Eagle Eye.
(c) Night Owl.
(d) Raven.

6. When Jim Thatcher tells Bessie Black Bull that Frank No Deer's death was self-defense, what does she do?
(a) She tells him it is too late, that George is dead.
(b) She does not believe him, so she and Tom quickly leave town.
(c) She and Tom part ways, as she believes they will look for him.
(d) She returns to the Southern Ute reservation.

7. Tom Black Bull is left with the horses when his instructor buys a pickup and trailer, then goes to do what?
(a) Attempt to collect bets.
(b) Sell his ranch.
(c) Buy beer.
(d) Sell the horses.

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

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

10. 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 cafe cook.
(c) A new instructor.
(d) A store clerk.

11. The wild bronco is a symbol of Tom Black Bull's what?
(a) Spirit before being twisted by the white man.
(b) Love of nature before being twisted by the white man.
(c) Love of the outdoors before being twisted by the white man.
(d) Spirit after being twisted by the white man.

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 flogged.
(c) He is forced to make more baskets.
(d) He is forced to stand in a corner.

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

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

15. Tom Black Bull's ego and sense of adventure are fed by what as he assesses himself west of Corpus Christi?
(a) The exhilaration and bravado of the rodeo circuit.
(b) Winning big bets on the rodeo circuit.
(c) Eating in cafes instead of the Mexican ex-bronco rider's cooking.
(d) Sleeping in hotels instead of a dormitory room.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In addition to assisting ewes and lambs through the difficulty of birth, Tom Black Bull helps protect against what?

3. Upon Bessie Black Bull's second trip to trade baskets at Jim Thatcher's store, what does she get?

4. What is Bessie's response to the situation her man has gotten into?

5. How is George Black Bull killed?

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