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. Why does Tom Black Bull believe it is foolish to be a farmer?

2. In addition to assisting ewes and lambs through the difficulty of birth, Tom Black Bull helps protect against what?

3. How do Tom Black Bull and his teacher later force a Mexican shepherd to make them food?

4. How is Tom Black Bull punished when he fights other boys?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Black Bull family face the opening crisis situation in the first chapter?

3. How do Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull exercise their con at the Bernalillo rodeo?

4. What transpires the day after Tom Black Bull spies the gold prospector by the stream?

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

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

7. What happens when Tom Black Bull arrives with his bear cub companion in town to trade basketry?

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

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

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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

For a period in each of their lives, both George Black Bull and Tom are outlaws, but each is a different type of outlaw. George is an outlaw for killing a man. What are his reasons? What type of outlaw is Tom? Why does he do what he does? Compare and contrast the two.

Essay Topic 2

What does the introductory poem summarize? What about the American Indians' demise? What about the troubled course of this story's main character into manhood?

Essay Topic 3

Are all those whom Tom Black Bull encounters intent on using him by compelling him to adapt to the white way? How does Jim Thatcher affect Tom's life? What about other individuals?

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