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 church was Lame Deer a member of for five years?

2. What was the reason that Indians drank according to Lame Deer?

3. How many squares of flesh did Lame Deer's grandmother cut from her arm for him to have in the vision pit?

4. Richard Erdoes tells Lame Deer that good art cannot be made with what?

5. What does the steam represent that is coming out of the pot mentioned in the beginning of Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How does Lame Deer describe the white man's way of war?

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

5. How does Godfrey Chips describe Crazy Horse?

6. Describe some of the things that Indians endured during the sun dance.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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