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. What does Tom Black Bull do to relieve his anger when Red Dillon enters him into rodeo bronco riding competitions to cheat?

2. What is the powerful, violent force directing Tom Black Bull's life while he is in training on the San Juan ranch?

3. Where do Bessie Black Bull and her son wait for two days to ensure that no one follows them en route to their rendezvous with her husband?

4. What is the white man's idea of how the Utes should live?

5. What is it that Tom Black Bull admires for sale in a store window when he arrives in Bayfield with Albert Left Hand?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is the bear cub freed, and how is Tom Black Bull returned to the agency school?

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

7. What does Tom Black do when the bear rushes from the brush and kills the lamb?

8. What compels Tom Black back to Horse Mountain?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

George and Bessie Black Bull live the winter with their son in the mountains. How do they prepare for the winter the 'old way'? What do they do for food? What clothing do they make? Where will they live? How will they keep warm?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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