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. Blue Elk knows that life based on the 'old ways' contrasts starkly with how he lives and is what?

2. How does Blue Elk trick Tom Black Bull into agreeing to go to the agency school?

3. Who does Tom Black Bull join with to become a bronco rider?

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

5. The circle the stars make is juxtaposed to the squareness of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Meo, the Mexican ex-bronco twister, take Tom Black Bull under his belt at Red Dillon's spread?

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

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

4. What does Blue Elk do in his attempt to trick Tom Black Bull to return with him to the school?

5. What compels Tom Black back to Horse Mountain?

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

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

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

9. After Jim Woodward and the man Tom Black is relieving leave, what is Tom amazed by?

10. What transpires during Tom Black's night ride at Madison Square Garden?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the opening chapter, George Black Bull arrives home facing the initial crisis stoically and in control. An unspoken truth exists between George and the situation. Bessie Black Bull recognizes that her husband acted justly, in accordance with his conscience. Reflect on how they address the matter. What actions does George take? How does Bessie approach the situation? What actions does she take? What precautions does she follow?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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