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. The wild bronco is a symbol of Tom Black Bull's what?

2. Tom Black Bull is taken to his new dormitory room to get what?

3. 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?

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

5. In addition to warmth, why does Bessie Black Bull give her son a red blanket?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Tom Black lays asleep on prickly needles, what does he dream of?

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

3. What is printed about Tom Black in the newspaper when he rides in Madison Square Garden?

4. What is happening to Tom Black Bull under Red Dillon's control that is frustrating him?

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

6. What is Tom Black doing in preparation to ride rodeo again?

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

8. What does Tom Black initially dream of while in the hospital?

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

10. What compels Tom Black back to Horse Mountain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The first horse Tom Black Bull rode to death was in his initial rodeo in Aztec. The last was in Madison Square Garden. What is Tom's violence directed against? Why does he take his violence out on the horses? What does Red Dillon represent? What does Tom become more like as he gives in progressively to his violence?

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

Tom Black earned a name for himself riding rodeo. He made good money at times. Explain why it is that Tom will never return to ride in the arena.

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