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 beginning of Chapter 11, Lame Deer describes a yuwipi ceremony. What does Lame Deer state roared in the darkness?

2. 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?

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

4. How many guns are there in the Museum of the American Indian in New York City that once belonged to famous Indian chiefs?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Godfrey Chips describe Crazy Horse?

3. What would happen in a Sioux tribe when a young girl would have her heart set on a young boy instead of a famous chief and would elope with him?

4. How many buffalo skulls were needed in the old days of the sun dance and what were they needed for?

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

6. In Chapter 14, the legend of the ghost dance is mentioned. A Ute holy man was taken to heaven and brought back five songs. What did this songs do?

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

8. What does Lame Deer say the white man's symbol is and why?

9. What kind of shapes are in the belt that Lame Deer's grandmother made that is mentioned in Chapter 6 and what do these shapes represent?

10. What are some of the meanings of the word yuwipi that Lame Deer mentions in the book?

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

What new things did you learn from this book about Indian culture? What things surprised you or enlightened you about the Sioux way of life? Use specific information to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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