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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 every legal way he can.
(c) Vents it in any way he can.
(d) Vents it in every illegal way he can.

2. 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) Hunting buffalo.
(d) Making pots from clay.

3. What method does the Mexican ex-bronco rider use to quiet Tom Black Bull's life for a few hours?
(a) Praying in the chapel.
(b) Playing his guitar and singing.
(c) Telling him stories of the 'old ways'.
(d) Harvesting chilies and beans.

4. Who is called to interpret for Tom Black Bull because he speaks only Ute?
(a) Benny Grayback.
(b) Blue Elk.
(c) Albert Left Hand.
(d) Charles Huckleberry.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. The Mexican ex-bronco rider knows that by Tom Black Bull giving in to his violence, he will become what?

4. How long following his punishment does Tom Black Bull escape the school?

5. When Tom Black Bull realizes he has been betrayed by Blue Elk, what does he fight for?

Short Essay Questions

1. After returning to Pagosa following his injuries in New York, what does Tom Black recall when he enters Thatcher's Market?

2. How are the images of roundness of life contrasted with the white man's squareness?

3. What transpires during Tom Black Bull's discussion with the doctor following Meo's passing?

4. What is the legend about Tom Black being a first cousin of the Devil who got into an argument with him?

5. What transpires during Tom Black's night ride at Madison Square Garden?

6. How is it that Tom Black Bull comes to get his nickname, 'Killer Tom Black' on the circuit?

7. How does Mary Redmond attempt to pressure herself into becoming a continuing part of Tom Black's rehabilitation?

8. What are some reasons Tom Black decides that he must return to the rodeo?

9. What does Blue Elk do in his attempt to trick Tom Black Bull to return with him to the school?

10. In Chapter 28, what is it that the reader learns has changed for Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull upon going back to Colorado?

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