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. Twisted in spirit by first learning as a boy, then in young adulthood trying to kill memories and old influences, what happens to Tom?

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

3. What is Blue Elk impressed to learn about Tom Black Bull?

4. Blue Elk talks Tom Black Bull into doing what with the bear cub?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Tom Black prepare for the winter on the first bench of Granite Peak?

2. What causes Tom Black's nightmares to cease?

3. In Chapter 28, what is it that the reader learns has changed for Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull upon going back to Colorado?

4. What transpires when Tom Black Bull makes the escape from the agency school to his lodge on the mountain in October?

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

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

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

8. How is it that Tom Black Bull comes to get his nickname, 'Killer Tom Black' on the circuit?

9. 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'?

10. What methods does Red Dillon use to teach Tom Black Bull to ride?

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

There is a distinct contrast between the life Tom Black Bull knew on Bald Mountain and his life that unfolds juxtaposed on the rodeo circuit. Compare and contrast the two lifestyles. Why does Tom pursue the rodeo when he is more content with the 'old ways' on the mountain?

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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