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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Lame Deer tells a story about his uncle and how his horse's rope was pulled into a badger's hole. What did his uncle have to do with the rope?
(a) He and his horse had to pull on the rope together.
(b) He had to shoot the rope in two.
(c) He had to kill the badger.
(d) He had to use his knife to cut the rope.

2. When the tree was cut down to prepare for the sun dance and the lower branches were cut off, what was used to cover the "wounds" on the tree?
(a) A paste made of herbs and leaves.
(b) Vermillion paint.
(c) Blessed water.
(d) Buffalo's blood.

3. What state did the Sioux church members have to get their peyote from?
(a) California.
(b) Nevada.
(c) Arizona.
(d) Texas.

4. How many times was the door to the sweat house opened during the inipi ceremony?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Six.
(d) Ten.

5. Which direction did the sweat lodge face?
(a) North.
(b) East.
(c) West.
(d) South.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many squares of flesh did Lame Deer's grandmother cut from her arm for him to have in the vision pit?

2. Richard Erdoes tells Lame Deer that good art cannot be made with what?

3. What does the word inyan mean?

4. In the beginning of Chapter 6, Lame Deer mentions a pot with plenty of what inside?

5. How many puffs did the Sioux take on the peace pipe?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the story that Lame Deer tells about the heyoka turtle and the heyoka frog?

2. Most of the time, how does a person become a medicine man?

3. What does the lizard and turtle stand for in the Sioux culture and what were they believed to protect a baby from?

4. When a medicine man, or wicasa wakan, is old and nearing the end of his life, who does he try to pass on his vision and knowledge to and what happens if that doesn't work?

5. How does Lame Deer suggest that mankind can get back on the red road of the pipe or the road of life?

6. What did the substitute dancers in a heyoka ceremony wear?

7. Describe the Odenwald Schule that Richard Erdoes attended for two years.

8. According to legend, where did the Sioux nation come from?

9. Describe how Lame Deer sees the old cooking pot in Chapter 6.

10. Who was Karl May's favorite Indian hero?

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