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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 Bessie's response to the situation her man has gotten into?
2. Tom Black Bull tells the Mexican ex-bronco rider that he feels powerless at this point in his life, except for when?
3. Upon returning to his mountain, what does Tom Black Bull learn?
4. After two years, George and Bessie Black Bull are in debt for how much to the white man?
5. What differs between horses that Tom Black Bull rode on the sagebrush range and those that he rides on the new spread?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are some of his thoughts related to the bear during Tom Black's first night spent back at the old sheep camp?
2. What transpires during Tom Black Bull's discussion with the doctor following Meo's passing?
3. What is printed about Tom Black in the newspaper when he rides in Madison Square Garden?
4. How does the Black Bull family face the opening crisis situation in the first chapter?
5. After returning to Pagosa following his injuries in New York, what does Tom Black recall when he enters Thatcher's Market?
6. Following a number of days tracking the bear, what does Tom Black locate on Bald Mountain's first bench?
7. Why does Tom Black accept the job offer from Jim Woodward?
8. When Tom Black lays asleep on prickly needles, what does he dream of?
9. How does Tom Black Bull manage as he rides the rodeo circuit the summer following Red Dillon's death?
10. How do Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull exercise their con at the Bernalillo rodeo?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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