Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Erdoes
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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. In the tale about the Stone Boy, what does the young girl swallow?

2. What does the name wicasa wakan mean?

3. What was on the blanket that Lame Deer's grandmother had made especially for the vision pit?

4. What animal does Lame Deer mention in Chapter 7 that is much like an Indian because it's unchangeable?

5. Which tribe did the ghost dance start in?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Richard Erdoes describe the prairie of South Dakota?

2. How does Godfrey Chips describe Crazy Horse?

3. Describe some of the strange things that a heyoka, or clown does.

4. Some medicine men have an eagle feather attached to their pipe. Where is the eagle feather attached and why?

5. What happened when Richard Erdoes was arrested by a brutish-looking policeman?

6. Because of Iktome, the spider man, what did the villagers do to Rabbit Boy?

7. What did Richard Erdoes see when he rushed to the window and looked outside on his first day in New York City?

8. Where are the places set aside for surviving buffalo herds, and what does Lame Deer state the buffalo would say if they could speak?

9. Where did Richard Erdoes' Jewish grandfather live and what did he teach Richard?

10. What does Lame Deer state the old people used to say about damage caused by lightning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What importance was having an epilogue in the book? What insight does this epilogue provide into Lame Deer's life and into Richard Erdoes' life? How does the epilogue benefit the reader?

Essay Topic 2

In the book, Lame Deer mentions that sometimes parents wanted their daughters to marry a famous chief but sometimes their daughter had her heart set on someone else. Sometimes the daughters would elope. Why do you think the tribe and parents approved of this union after the couple returned from their elopement? Why wasn't the arranged marriage forced by the parents and tribe? How did this help unity of families and the tribe as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

What does Lame Deer mean when he says, "what you see with your eyes shut is what counts"? How does this relate to the medicine man or wicasa wakan? How could it relate to other tribe members or even Lame Deer himself? Describe your thoughts on this statement and explain how it relates to the book and to the reader.

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