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. Crazy Horse never let a white man take what?

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

3. Lame Deer talks about the white man being afraid of natural odors and declares that soon the white man will breed people without what?

4. What animal does Lame Deer mention in Chapter 7 that is much like an Indian because it's unchangeable?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Lame Deer sees the old cooking pot in Chapter 6.

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

4. 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?

5. What kind of room would serve as a good room for a yuwipi meeting?

6. In the beginning of Chapter 10, what does Lame Deer mention is the Indian's first rite and always comes before any other ritual?

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

8. Why was the trial that Lame Deer was involved in considered to be one big confusion?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Lame Deer. Explain Lame Deer's characteristics and ideals. What is important to Lame Deer? In what ways do you agree with Lame Deer's views that are mentioned in the book? Are there any particular ideas that you don't agree with that that Lame Deer brings up in the book? If so, what are they and why do you disagree?

Essay Topic 2

What does Lame Deer mean when he says, "what you see with your eyes shut is what counts"? How does this relate to the medicine man or wicasa wakan? How could it relate to other tribe members or even Lame Deer himself? Describe your thoughts on this statement and explain how it relates to the book and to the reader.

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Lame Deer's ancestors and immediate family influenced him in his life and made him into the person he was.

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