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. 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) Eating in cafes instead of the Mexican ex-bronco rider's cooking.
(c) The exhilaration and bravado of the rodeo circuit.
(d) Sleeping in hotels instead of a dormitory room.

2. 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) 4.
(c) 3.
(d) 1.

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

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

5. In addition to warmth, why does Bessie Black Bull give her son a red blanket?
(a) Red is the color for trust.
(b) Red is the color for protection.
(c) Red is the color for honor.
(d) Red is the color for courage.

6. What does Jim Thatcher tell Bessie Black Bull regarding Blue Elk following her encounter with the Indian women who initially tease her?
(a) He was responsible for stealing from Jim Thatcher's store.
(b) He was totally responsible for settling the issue with Frank No Deer.
(c) He had nothing to do with settling the issue with Frank No Deer.
(d) He was partly responsible for settling the issue with Frank No Deer.

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

8. Upon returning to his mountain, what does Tom Black Bull learn?
(a) He has lost much of his 'old ways' knowledge.
(b) His spirit is becoming polluted.
(c) He still remembers the songs of his spirit.
(d) His spirit remains pure.

9. Why has Tom Black Bull taken well to caring for the sheep?
(a) The goats wander too far.
(b) The pigs are always groveling in mud.
(c) It is not as much work as horses.
(d) It is a part of his nature.

10. Upon returning to the school, to what task is Tom Black Bull assigned at the Cobbler's Shop?
(a) Making leashes and harnesses.
(b) Making belts and suspenders.
(c) Making quirts and bridles.
(d) Making shoes and belts.

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

12. How many days away from the agency school does Blue Elk take Tom Black Bull and the bear cub?
(a) 4.
(b) 1.
(c) 2.
(d) 3.

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

14. Upon Bessie Black Bull's second trip to trade baskets at Jim Thatcher's store, what does she get?
(a) Wool cloth and a coat with carved antler buttons.
(b) Wool material and a coat with a zipper.
(c) Calico material and a coat with brass buttons.
(d) Calico cloth and a coat with wooden buttons.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is it that Tom Black Bull admires for sale in a store window when he arrives in Bayfield with Albert Left Hand?

2. What happens with George Black Bull's body?

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

4. Tom Black Bull tells Benny Grayback that he will agree to acclimate under what condition?

5. Having begun to reevaluate his life, Tom Black Bull returns to the hotel and refuses to comply with orders to do what?

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