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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 is George Bull's demeanor when he arrives at the house following the fight?
2. Tom Black Bull emerges a new man after purchasing new clothing and going to the barber, and draws the attention of whom?
3. What is the powerful, violent force directing Tom Black Bull's life while he is in training on the San Juan ranch?
4. What does Blue Elk arrange with the agent regarding Tom Black Bull and the bear cub?
5. The other students tease Tom Black Bull about his basket weaving skill and call him what?
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. After returning to Pagosa following his injuries in New York, what does Tom Black recall when he enters Thatcher's Market?
3. How does Tom Black Bull manage as he rides the rodeo circuit the summer following Red Dillon's death?
4. What are some reasons Tom Black decides that he must return to the rodeo?
5. What happens when Jim Woodward offers Tom Black a winter job a second time?
6. What does Blue Elk do in his attempt to trick Tom Black Bull to return with him to the school?
7. Why is it that Tom Black Bull gets by caring for sheep with Albert Left Hand?
8. What does Tom Black do when the bear rushes from the brush and kills the lamb?
9. How does Mary Redmond attempt to pressure herself into becoming a continuing part of Tom Black's rehabilitation?
10. Why does Tom Black accept the job offer from Jim Woodward?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
Tom Black Bull has a difficult time making the transition into the white man's way at the reservation school. They attempt to turn Tom into a farmer by teaching him plowing skills. Why is this unsuccessful? What is Tom's view of the usefulness of plowing and planting skills?
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