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. If a boy wasn't satisfied with just rubbing noses with a girl, he would ask an elk medicine man to make him what?

2. In Chapter 8, Lame Deer talks about a young Navajo boy and girl in their apartment in their city. What color of blanket did he put over this young couple?

3. What does Lame Deer say the white man forgot to give Indians when they brought them whiskey?

4. To protect their daughters from tipi-creepers, what would mothers tie around their daughter's waists?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. After the Indians smoke for the fourth and last time in the sweat house, what do they say and how do they exit?

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

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

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

7. What would the mothers of daughters afraid of tipi-creepers do to create a "No Trespassing" sign on their daughter and what would the mothers do if they found there had been a tipi-creeper?

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

9. 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?

10. How does Godfrey Chips describe Crazy Horse?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the experiences that Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes had growing up. Explain how the two became good friends and why you think they had such a strong relationship.

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 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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