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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 is Blue Elk impressed to learn about Tom Black Bull?
(a) He knows how to sing in the 'old ways' alone.
(b) He brings the 'old way' out of Blue Elk by singing.
(c) He has lived alone in the 'old ways' for two years.
(d) He knows the 'old ways' have no end.

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

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

4. What does Tom Black Bull do when Benny Grayback locks him in a room?
(a) He picks the lock open, but is stopped.
(b) He escapes using his ax, but is found.
(c) He chants.
(d) He climbs out a window, but is caught.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why has Tom Black Bull taken well to caring for the sheep?

3. When late March arrives, Tom Black Bull knows the time has come for what?

4. The other students tease Tom Black Bull about his basket weaving skill and call him what?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom Black Bull manage as he rides the rodeo circuit the summer following Red Dillon's death?

2. What happens to Tom Black the next day after he has a dream in which Blue Elk becomes Red Dillon laughing at him?

3. What methods does Red Dillon use to teach Tom Black Bull to ride?

4. How will Tom Black work for Jim Woodward in the summer?

5. How does Tom come to be called Bear's Brother?

6. What happens when Tom Black Bull is locked in his room at the school and he begins to chant?

7. How does the theme of the roundness of all life unfold through Bessie Black Bull?

8. What causes Tom Black to change his plans again when Woodward collects his sheep for the winter?

9. Following a number of days tracking the bear, what does Tom Black locate on Bald Mountain's first bench?

10. What is the bear cub that is shackled in the corral symbolic of?

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