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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. After two years, George and Bessie Black Bull are in debt for how much to the white man?
(a) $62.
(b) $32.
(c) $52.
(d) $42.

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

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

4. George and Bessie Black Bull are compelled to work where for the white man?
(a) The sawmill.
(b) The cattle ranch.
(c) The steelmill.
(d) The sheep ranch.

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

6. 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 making money.
(c) When riding horses.
(d) When alone in the sagebrush.

7. 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?
(a) Benny Grayback.
(b) The preacher.
(c) Jim Thatcher.
(d) Blue Elk.

8. What is George Bull's demeanor when he arrives at the house following the fight?
(a) Frantic and upset.
(b) Nervous, but in control.
(c) Worried and in fear.
(d) Calm and controlled.

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

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

11. 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) 1 month.
(b) 2 weeks.
(c) 1 week.
(d) 3 weeks.

12. The circle the stars make is juxtaposed to the squareness of what?
(a) The white man's fields.
(b) The white man's houses and streets.
(c) The white man's cross.
(d) The white man's books.

13. 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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Bessie Black Bull goes back to town a third time, what does she trade with Indian women in exchange for information about Blue Elk?

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

3. How do Tom Black Bull and his teacher later force a Mexican shepherd to make them food?

4. Blue Elk knows that life based on the 'old ways' contrasts starkly with how he lives and is what?

5. Tom Black Bull's parents teach him the methods of building lodges, preparing food for winter, and what else?

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