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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 does Red Dillon represent?
2. After two years, George and Bessie Black Bull are in debt for how much to the white man?
3. What does the bear cub that Tom Black Bull takes care of represent?
4. Having begun to reevaluate his life, Tom Black Bull returns to the hotel and refuses to comply with orders to do what?
5. Tom Black Bull tells Benny Grayback that he will agree to acclimate under what condition?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the bear cub that is shackled in the corral symbolic of?
2. How is it that Tom Black Bull comes to get his nickname, 'Killer Tom Black' on the circuit?
3. What is the legend about Tom Black being a first cousin of the Devil who got into an argument with him?
4. How does the theme of the roundness of all life unfold through Bessie Black Bull?
5. Why is it that Tom Black Bull gets by caring for sheep with Albert Left Hand?
6. What happens on the ride home when Red Dillon awakens from his stupor and Tom Black Dillon informs him that he took his money?
7. What transpires during Tom Black's night ride at Madison Square Garden?
8. Why is Tom Black unable to shoot the bear after waiting all night?
9. After returning to Pagosa following his injuries in New York, what does Tom Black recall when he enters Thatcher's Market?
10. What causes Tom Black's nightmares to cease?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Tom encounters the bear while herding sheep and he is surprised. It brings back memories as well as questions. Why does Tom go back to track the bear down? What will he do when he finds the bear? Why is he unable to kill the bear? What journey does his second meeting with the bear compel Tom to take?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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