When the Legends Die Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Hal Borland
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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. Tom Black Bull's parents teach him the methods of building lodges, preparing food for winter, and what else?

2. Whom does Tom Black Bull assist with the sheep?

3. How does Tom Black Bull share part of his deer kill?

4. Tom Black Bull emerges a new man after purchasing new clothing and going to the barber, and draws the attention of whom?

5. Who does Tom Black Bull share a room with in the dormitory?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the reservation school unsuccessful in teaching Tom Black Bull how to plow fields?

4. How does Red Dillon use Tom Black Bull to make money on his initial scam?

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

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

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

8. What does the introductory poem to "When the Legends Die" summarize?

9. How do Tom Black Bull and his parents prepare for the winter on Horse Mountain?

10. What transpires when Tom Black Bull makes the escape from the agency school to his lodge on the mountain in October?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early 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 2

Roundness 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.

Essay Topic 3

When his nurse in New York, Mary Redmond, attempts to pressure herself into his rehabilitation, Tom Black recalls others and the patterns they utilized in trapping him. Elaborate on those used by Blue Elk, Rowena Ellis, Benny Grayback, and Red Dillon. Are they attempting to help him or use him? What about Mary?

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