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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Tom not realize takes place whenever he is 'riding for the crowd' and as a killer?
2. Walking up the street, Tom Black recognizes what Indian across the road that now looks like a skid row character?
3. How does Tom Black Bull care for his instructor's body?
4. Starved, what does Tom Bull begin cooking for his next meal following breakfast on his initial day at work?
5. What is the rodeo a wild ride of, literally and figuratively?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Are all those whom Tom Black Bull encounters intent on using him by compelling him to adapt to the white way? How does Jim Thatcher affect Tom's life? What about other individuals?
Essay Topic 2
Roundness of life is a significant theme in this story. It unfolds through Bessie Black Bull, who maintains the 'old ways' and instructs them to Tom. What is it the reader learns to look for with this theme? How does the concept of continuation within all life tie in with this 'roundness' theme? Detail the method Bessie uses to teach this intrinsic truth concerning nature.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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