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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the powerful, violent force directing Tom Black Bull's life while he is in training on the San Juan ranch?
2. Upon Bessie Black Bull's second trip to trade baskets at Jim Thatcher's store, what does she get?
3. When Tom Black Bull is entered in the first rodeo in Aztec, what is he instructed to do?
4. Tom Black Bull is left with the horses when his instructor buys a pickup and trailer, then goes to do what?
5. Who does Tom Black Bull share a room with in the dormitory?
Short Essay Questions
1. What causes Tom Black's nightmares to cease?
2. What are some of his thoughts related to the bear during Tom Black's first night spent back at the old sheep camp?
3. What happens when Jim Woodward offers Tom Black a winter job a second time?
4. What happens to Tom Black the next day after he has a dream in which Blue Elk becomes Red Dillon laughing at him?
5. What does Blue Elk do in his attempt to trick Tom Black Bull to return with him to the school?
6. What is Tom Black's intent regarding rebuilding his muscles following his Madison Square Garden fall?
7. How does Tom Black Bull manage as he rides the rodeo circuit the summer following Red Dillon's death?
8. Why is it that Tom Black Bull gets by caring for sheep with Albert Left Hand?
9. What are some reasons Tom Black decides that he must return to the rodeo?
10. In Chapter 2, what sort of glimpse does the author provide of life on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in comparison to Indian life the 'old way'?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1The bear in this story represents Tom Black Bull and his boyhood. This is his foundation, his connection with the 'old ways'. Explain how In the end, his arduous trek to find and kill his bear leads Tom to his reparation and purification of the evil individual he has become.
Essay Topic 2Early in the book the reader learns the Utes are quite resourceful, and they approach life in a very practical fashion. When the farming methods taught them by the white man fail due to drought, they revert to their 'old ways', which are clearly in concert with nature. Contrast the approach of the white man to life with the 'old ways' handed down to Tom Black Bull by his parents.
Essay Topic 3Roundness of life is a significant theme in this story. It unfolds through Bessie Black Bull, who maintains the 'old ways' and instructs them to Tom. What is it the reader learns to look for with this theme? How does the concept of continuation within all life tie in with this 'roundness' theme? Detail the method Bessie uses to teach this intrinsic truth concerning nature.
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