When the Legends Die Test | Final 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. What prescription does Tom Black's doctor offer, which allows for little else on his new job?
(a) Eat, sleep, relax.
(b) Eat, sleep, walk.
(c) Eat, sleep, ride quiet horses.
(d) Eat, think, sleep.

2. When does Tom Black's employer link up with him to collect the herd?
(a) Summer.
(b) Winter.
(c) Spring.
(d) Autumn.

3. The author, Hal Borland, symbolically compares Tom Black's multiple injuries and hospitalizations with what?
(a) The demise of the Mexican ex-bronco rider.
(b) The death of his father in the avalanche.
(c) The image of his crippled and injured spirit.
(d) His burning down the San Juan ranch.

4. During his night ride at the Madison Square Garden rodeo, what parts of Tom Black's body go numb with pain?
(a) Right arm and elbow.
(b) Right knee and ankle.
(c) Left knee and ankle.
(d) Left arm and elbow.

5. What switch is taking place in Tom Black's life as he dreams of his mother's death?
(a) Tom is worrying about his dying on the rodeo circuit.
(b) Tom is slipping back more into his past.
(c) Tom is becoming sad about his need to ride rodeo again.
(d) Tom is concentrating increasingly about his future.

6. What does Tom Black tell his new employer about his past?
(a) Everything about his rodeo work.
(b) Nothing about his rodeo work.
(c) Only about his riding, nothing about the crowds or his fear.
(d) Sketchy details about his rodeo work.

7. When Tom Black Bull tells his instructor that he will not ride the circuit with him anymore, he advises he will do what instead?
(a) Ride the big time alone, for keeps.
(b) Find safer, steadier work.
(c) Return to his mountain alone.
(d) Work the con circuit by himself.

8. Upon returning to the ranch to recover a second time, Tom Black Bull learns what about the Mexican ex-bronco rider?
(a) He broke his neck falling from a horse.
(b) He drowned attempting a rescue in a flooded stream.
(c) He decided to commit suicide by gunshot.
(d) He decided to die in his sleep.

9. After his first summer on the big rodeo circuit, Tom Black Bull returns to the ranch to discover what on his first evening back?
(a) The Mexican ex-bronco rider rummaging his suitcase.
(b) The Mexican ex-bronco rider rummaging his wallet.
(c) The Mexican ex-bronco rider rummaging his jacket pockets.
(d) The Mexican ex-bronco rider rummaging his trousers pockets.

10. What is it that Tom Black finally comes to realize he must face after his being crushed under the horse in Madison Square Garden?
(a) His not settling down.
(b) His punctured lung.
(c) His killing a horse.
(d) His fear.

11. Those who observe how Tom Black rides and lives between rides see that the ride is the only time he does what?
(a) Comes alive.
(b) Regresses.
(c) Relaxes.
(d) Swears.

12. Tom Black is unable to pursue his plans until he first does what?
(a) Faces the bear.
(b) Attempts to find the bear.
(c) Traps the bear.
(d) Kills the bear.

13. Tom Black tracks the bear up the mountain, circles back around to where he started, and discovers what?
(a) Not another fresh sign.
(b) Where it cached a carcass.
(c) Only an old sign where it once slept.
(d) Not another sign.

14. How does Tom Black Bull feel about his first ride in the big time?
(a) Satisfied, it was better than average.
(b) Pleased, it far exceeded average.
(c) Annoyed, it was less than average.
(d) Displeased, it was only average.

15. Who initially attempts to help Tom Black deal with his dreams in New York?
(a) A doctor.
(b) A preacher.
(c) An Indian rodeo hand.
(d) A nurse.

Short Answer Questions

1. Tom Black was obsessed with killing his past, but why does he now see that he must kill that which he has become?

2. Living on the mountain is healing his soul and Tom Black is slowly recalling his former self when he lived how?

3. Tom Black moves on to Thatcher's Market where he purchases what?

4. His second July riding big rodeos, Tom Black Bull's wild horse smashes into the gate and causes what injuries?

5. What is Tom Black trying to kill through his own violence and the killing, bronco riding legend he has become?

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