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. What was the oldest and most solemn ceremony of the Sioux tribe?

2. During the yuwipi ceremony a man would lie face down and have his fingers laced together with what?

3. What did the girls often do when the time of parting had come for them and someone they love?

4. What was the name of Lame Deer's (the great-grandfather) second chief that was shot by soldiers?

5. What is the word that the Sioux Indians use for the soul, spirit, or essence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

6. 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?

7. Why does Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes enjoy sitting on Teddy Roosevelt's head more than the other heads on Mount Rushmore?

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

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

Why does Lame Deer state that one word like medicine man cannot describe what an actual medicine man is in the Sioux culture? How complex is being a medicine man and why? What different names and definitions does Lame Deer give for the Sioux "medicine men"?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Lame Deer went through a period in his life when he was searching for himself. Describe the process of Lame Deer discovering his true self. What experiences did Lame Deer have to help him discover who he was meant to be? Were there any influential people that helped Lame Deer on his path to discovery? If so, who were they?

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