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 knows that life based on the 'old ways' contrasts starkly with how he lives and is what?

2. In addition to warmth, why does Bessie Black Bull give her son a red blanket?

3. In regards to Blue Elk being willing to sell his own grandmother, what is his reply?

4. Who does Tom Black Bull share a room with in the dormitory?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Meo, the Mexican ex-bronco twister, take Tom Black Bull under his belt at Red Dillon's spread?

2. What happens when Tom Black Bull encounters his bear cub the next spring at the reservation school boundaries?

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

4. What are some of his thoughts related to the bear during Tom Black's first night spent back at the old sheep camp?

5. What happens when Tom Black Bull arrives with his bear cub companion in town to trade basketry?

6. What is life like when Red Dillon and Tom Black Bull work the Oklahoma panhandle and eastern New Mexico in the spring, and Colorado the following autumn?

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

8. What compels Tom Black back to Horse Mountain?

9. How is Tom Black Bull introduced to his moneymaking skills in Chapter 21?

10. How does the Black Bull family face the opening crisis situation in the first chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the opening chapter, George Black Bull arrives home facing the initial crisis stoically and in control. An unspoken truth exists between George and the situation. Bessie Black Bull recognizes that her husband acted justly, in accordance with his conscience. Reflect on how they address the matter. What actions does George take? How does Bessie approach the situation? What actions does she take? What precautions does she follow?

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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