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 tracks Bear's Brother to his mountain lodge, and upon looking around is reminded of whom?

2. The wild bronco is a symbol of Tom Black Bull's what?

3. In addition to assisting ewes and lambs through the difficulty of birth, Tom Black Bull helps protect against what?

4. While en route to rendezvous with her husband, Bessie Black Bull and her son bathe in a ritual cleansing while singing what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What compels Tom Black back to Horse Mountain?

4. How is it that Tom Black Bull gets involved in Red Dillon's final hours and burial?

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

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

7. How do Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull exercise their con at the Bernalillo rodeo?

8. What transpires the day after Tom Black Bull spies the gold prospector by the stream?

9. What transpires between Bessie Black Bull and Ute Indian women from the reservation regarding Blue Elk and his thievery?

10. In Chapter 2, what sort of glimpse does the author provide of life on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in comparison to Indian life the 'old way'?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tom encounters the bear while herding sheep and he is surprised. It brings back memories as well as questions. Why does Tom go back to track the bear down? What will he do when he finds the bear? Why is he unable to kill the bear? What journey does his second meeting with the bear compel Tom to take?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Thomas Black Bull was given that baptized name by the white man. But the Ute Indians select their own names by which they will be known. Tom declares he will call himself Bear's Brother. How does he come to select that name?

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