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 does the word heyoka mean?

2. What animal was most likely to appear in a vision that a medicine man had?

3. What did Lame Deer mention was a problem for Indians and that it wouldn't get better?

4. Lame Deer stated that the only place his tribe could hold their sun dance was where?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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. How does Godfrey Chips describe Crazy Horse?

8. 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?

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

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

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

At the end of Chapter 16, Lame Deer says that "we can teach each other to see through the cloud of pollution that politicians, industrialists, and technical experts see as 'reality' ". Describe what Lame Deer is talking about when he mentions a cloud of pollution. What examples does Lame Deer describe of this pollution in the book?

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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