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. When Tom Black Bull escapes from the school, what happens?

2. Tom Black Bull is left with the horses when his instructor buys a pickup and trailer, then goes to do what?

3. What does the gold prospector do the morning after Bear's Brother spies him along the stream?

4. Twisted in spirit by first learning as a boy, then in young adulthood trying to kill memories and old influences, what happens to Tom?

5. Blue Elk sees Bessie Black Bull leaving the store on her second trip and steals what from her?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 28, what is it that the reader learns has changed for Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull upon going back to Colorado?

2. What happens on the ride home when Red Dillon awakens from his stupor and Tom Black Dillon informs him that he took his money?

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

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

5. How does Mary Redmond attempt to pressure herself into becoming a continuing part of Tom Black's rehabilitation?

6. How is Tom Black Bull introduced to his moneymaking skills in Chapter 21?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Blue Elk is an antagonist. He is a corrupted bridge linking the white and Ute worlds. Examine Blue Elk's responsibility for a significant amount of the misunderstanding and miscommunication between these two cultures. How does Blue Elk use his command of both languages to take advantage of the Ute Indians who do not speak English, and the white people who do not speak Ute? How does he exploit the greed of the white man? How does he exploit the Ute sense of justice and honesty? How is Blue Elk a twisted, unscrupulous variant of both the white man and the Ute Indian?

Essay Topic 2

Bessie Black Bull follows the 'old way' of teaching through songs. Elaborate on this Ute Indian approach to passing on their heritage. What songs does Tom Black Bull learn from his mother? What is he taught through them?

Essay Topic 3

The 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.

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