When the Legends Die Test | Final Test - Hard

Hal Borland
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he makes his way around the mountain the first time in his search for the bear, the odds are in favor of it being what type?

2. The author, Hal Borland, symbolically compares Tom Black's multiple injuries and hospitalizations with what?

3. What is Tom Black's painful trek back up the mountain, naked and completely vulnerable to nature, an act of?

4. In Tom Black's second dream while in the juniper on Horse Mountain, thoughts of what go through his mind?

5. By the last chapter, Tom Black's name has changed to what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

For a period in each of their lives, both George Black Bull and Tom are outlaws, but each is a different type of outlaw. George is an outlaw for killing a man. What are his reasons? What type of outlaw is Tom? Why does he do what he does? Compare and contrast the two.

Essay Topic 3

Blue Elk is an antagonist. He is a corrupted bridge linking the white and Ute worlds. Examine Blue Elk's responsibility for a significant amount of the misunderstanding and miscommunication between these two cultures. How does Blue Elk use his command of both languages to take advantage of the Ute Indians who do not speak English, and the white people who do not speak Ute? How does he exploit the greed of the white man? How does he exploit the Ute sense of justice and honesty? How is Blue Elk a twisted, unscrupulous variant of both the white man and the Ute Indian?

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