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

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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. Lame Deer states that many white men think that the sun dance is an initiation of what?

2. Lame Deer states in the beginning of Chapter 9 that if a conjurer or witch doctor is bad, he will do what?

3. What was the name of Lame Deer's other grandfather besides Crazy Heart?

4. According to Lame Deer, what was the name of the greatest of all the Sioux?

5. What state did the Sioux church members have to get their peyote from?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happened when Indian police surrounded Sitting Bull's cabin.

2. 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?

3. Why does Lame Deer say that the pipe is like an open Bible to him and his people?

4. How did Lame Deer end up with a bum shoulder?

5. Why does Lame Deer say that Indian children are never alone?

6. Many medicine men get their power from a particular animal. Describe some of the powers and attributes that an elk master or medicine man would have.

7. Describe the situation described in Chapter 13 when white students gave an old chief a bottle of little pills.

8. When Lame Deer was put on trial, how much was he paid per day?

9. What did the old Indian in The Green Frog Skin mean when he said, "now they own the air, too."?

10. Describe how Lame Deer's great-grandfather was killed by mistake.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 16, Blood Turned into Stone, Lame Deer tells the story of the White Buffalo Woman. When the White Buffalo Woman met the two hunters that were scouting for buffalo, one of the hunters tried to seize her and he was destroyed. Lame Deer states that desire had killed that hunter. He goes on to say that there have been many to die because of desire and "if this earth should ever be destroyed, it will be by desire." What does Lame Deer mean by this statement? How does this statement relate to the book? Use specific examples from the book to support your thoughts.

Essay Topic 2

Describe one of your favorite Indian ceremonies, rituals, or legends that you read about in the book. Why was this your favorite and what things intrigued you about this particular ceremony, ritual, or legend?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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