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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 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 cows.
(d) A herd boy with the goats.

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

3. What does Blue Elk arrange with the agent regarding Tom Black Bull and the bear cub?
(a) To accompany both to his lodge and release them there.
(b) To kill the cub with his bow and an arrow, and tell Tom he released it.
(c) To kill the cub and release Tom on the mountain.
(d) To accompany them to the mountain, release the cub, and bring Tom back.

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

5. What does Tom Black Bull do to relieve his anger when Red Dillon enters him into rodeo bronco riding competitions to cheat?
(a) Quits riding altogether.
(b) Vents it in any way he can.
(c) Vents it in every legal way he can.
(d) Vents it in every illegal way he can.

6. What does Red Dillon represent?
(a) The commercial ability of the white man.
(b) The twisted spirit of the white man.
(c) The helpful capability of the white man.
(d) The protective nature of the white rancher.

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

8. Tom Black Bull's ego and sense of adventure are fed by what as he assesses himself west of Corpus Christi?
(a) Winning big bets on the rodeo circuit.
(b) The exhilaration and bravado of 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.

9. 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) 2 weeks.
(b) 1 month.
(c) 3 weeks.
(d) 1 week.

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

11. How does Blue Elk trick Tom Black Bull into agreeing to go to the agency school?
(a) Believing the 'old ways' are dead.
(b) Believing he needs to teach his people.
(c) Believing the townsfolk will hunt his cub bear unless he does.
(d) Believing he needs to learn the white man's ways.

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

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

14. What does Frank No Deer buy with the $15 he steals?
(a) A plow.
(b) A new suit.
(c) Sheep.
(d) Traps.

15. Blue Elk talks Tom Black Bull into doing what with the bear cub?
(a) Releasing him in the mountain.
(b) Chaining him in a corral.
(c) Selling him to Blue Elk.
(d) Selling him to Jim Thatcher.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do George and Bessie Black Bull opt for when the white man's method of support fails?

2. What do Bessie and Tom Black Bull gather willow shoots and other plants for?

3. What method does the Mexican ex-bronco rider use to quiet Tom Black Bull's life for a few hours?

4. Who recognizes that Tom Black Bull and his pet bear are no threat when they arrive in town one July, and manages to calm the townsfolk?

5. Twisted in spirit by first learning as a boy, then in young adulthood trying to kill memories and old influences, what happens to Tom?

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